Music Education Becomes a Stand-Alone Subject Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

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Music Education Becomes a Stand-Alone Subject Under the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was recently signed into law by President Obama after sailing through the House and Senate, repealing No Child Left Behind. The new legislation allocates more power to states to hold schools and districts accountable for failing students, and rejects the overuse of standardized tests. More unconventionally, ESSA encompasses a plan that includes a more well-rounded education for all students; for the first time ever, music education is now included as a stand-alone subject, comparable with the likes of ELA and math.

That ESSA highlights the importance of music education is great news for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), one of “the world’s largest arts education organizations,” and “the only association that addresses all aspects of music education.” Christopher Woodside, the Assistant Executive Director of NAfME, views ESSA as a large success for the organization, as NAfME has sent over 20,000 letters to Capitol Hill pulling for music education to become a stand-alone subject. Now, as over 140,000 music educators digest the good news, NAfME is making sure that it “will provide training and resources ensuring music educators are completely prepared to teach music under the new law.”

For more information on the Every Student Succeeds Act, a fact sheet is available for viewing. To read more about the National Association for Music Education’s celebration of ESSA, please click here.