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ESSA Fact Sheet: Deeper Learning

ESSA Fact Sheet: Deeper Learning

(2016, April)  The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 offers a number of opportunities for states and districts to advance deeper learning and ensure that all students graduate from high school with the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, collaborate with peers, communicate effectively, and be self-directed.

Deeper learning is the delivery of challenging academic standards to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn, and then apply what they have learned. True deeper learning is developing competencies that enable students to graduate from high school ready for college and a career and then make maximum use of their knowledge in life and work.

This 2-page fact sheet from the Alliance for Excellent Education discusses deeper learning in the context of ESSA’s requirements regarding:

  • standards
  • assessments
  • direct student services to support access to rigorous academics
  • teacher capacity to support deeper learning.

Access the fact sheet at:

(Link updated, March 2019)

SOURCE ARTICLE: Center for Parent Information and Resources