Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a historic piece of legislation for school libraries because it is the first time in over five decades that school library programs have been explicitly granted eligibility for federal dollars.

ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes “effective school library programs.” 

NHSLMA has been working very hard over the summer to ensure that the NH DOE includes school librarians as they implement ESSA here in NH.  A task force is working with John Chrastka from the nonprofit group Everylibrary.org. This is made  possible through the generous support of Rosen Publishing to fund  pro-bono strategic consulting services, tactical advice and support to state-level school library stakeholders for ESSA Implementation Planning in their states. We have written letters to Commissioner Barry about the importance of school librarians and effective school library programs and have asked to join NH's task forces on ESSA implementation. 

This is an exciting and important time for school libraries. We look forward to sharing more on this in the coming weeks and months. We are working on scheduling a free AASL ESSA Advocacy Workshop this fall. We will also be sharing more information at the NHCMTC in Manchester in November.

NHDOE Listening Tours Regarding ESSA

The New Hampshire Department of Education is conducting six listening tours about ESSA. Now is the time for all stakeholders to have their voices heard concerning what is most important to improve student learning and how the state can best support schools so that all students' needs are met.  

Access this link to see the schedule for the six sessions. This flyer also provides information with dates and locations. Remember to take the survey


What's New in NH:


Read NHSLMA's letter to
Commissioner Barry

Recommended Reading

NHSLMA teams with Every Library to support our ESSA work on the the state level. That site has gathered election results for libraries from around the country.

NHLSMA  has a librarian on the ESSA Advisory Team, so  the Minutes and Materials from the New Hampshire ESSA Advisory Teams reflect the needs of our patrons. NH DOE, 2016. 

"School libraries and ESSA." AASL, 2016.

"Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)." NH Department of Education, 2016. 

"Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)." Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). U.S. Department of Education, 2016. 

"Definition for Effective School Library Program." AASL, June 2016.


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