Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama, and reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/NCLB), the nation's national education law.  The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. 
The ESSA requires that:
1.  All students in America are to be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to success in college and careers.
2.  Ensure that vital information if provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessment that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
3.  Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.
ESS will help ensure opportunity for all of America's students:
Holds all students to high academic standards
Prepares all students for success in college and career
Provides more students access to high-quality preschool
Guarantees steps are taken to help students, and their schools, improve
Reduces the burden of testing while maintaining annual information for parents and students
Promotes local innovation and invests in what works
Union City’s commitment and goal is to provide each and every student with every opportunity possible to obtain a high-quality education.  Consistent with our educational philosophy, the goals of the ESSA stress:
  • Increased programs before and after school and summer recess
  • Recruitment of high quality teachers
  • Expansion of community learning centers
  • Improve the Academic Achievement of all students
  • Attainment of the New Jersey's Student Learning Standards
  • Continued promotion of technology literacy and protecting the children from unsuitable Internet connection
  • Promotion of safe and drug-free schools

ECSA requires districts to teach grade-level standards, using the most effective methods and instructional strategies, and assessing their progress each year.

Based on statewide assessments, schools that do not make adequate yearly progress will be provided with technical assistance and strategies to strengthen instruction and address ways of improving student progress.

Based on the 10-11 results under the then, NCLB act, the following schools in the Union City School District have been identified as “Schools in Need of Improvement”.

 1030 Edison Elementary School

  739 George Washington School

  864 Emerson Middle School

 1026 Robert Waters School

  881 Theodore Roosevelt School

  692  Union Hill Middle School

You have the right to Public School Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES).  The Union City School District will be able to provide additional assistance for your child/children through providers during the extended day program within the schools.  If you would like to request a school transfer, based on space availability, please contact your school principal.

As a district, we continue to strive for every student to achieve success.  All of our schools are making great strides and we urge you to remain in our schools and participate in our progress.

Together we can provide our children with the best education possible.

Silvia Abatto,
Superintendent of Schools

 2007-2008      4545                     2007-2008       889
 2008-2009      5971                     2008-2009       521
 2009-2010      5489                     2009-2010       709
 2010-2011      7179                     2010-2011       978
 2011-2012      5232                     2011-2012       TBD

As per the then, ESSA Guidelines, these are the following locations where SES Services are currently being provided:

Edison Elementary School – 507 West Street – Union City

Washington Elementary School – 3905 New York Avenue – Union City

Emerson Middle School – 318 18th Street – Union City

Robert Waters School – 2800 Summit Avenue – Union City

Roosevelt School – 4507 Hudson Avenue – Union City

Union Hill Middle School – 3800 Hudson Avenue – Union City