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Learning Mindsets and Skills: An Opportunity for Growth with the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2015, offers state and district leaders several new opportunities to promote student success. Most notably, however, ESSA gives state and district leaders a unique chance to advance learning mindsets and skills through their reform efforts.

This report from Ulrich Boser and Perpetual Baffour of the Center for American Progress explores the opportunities and the risks for states building social and emotional learning into ESSA plans and offers recommendations for state and local education leaders who want to prioritize students' learning mindsets.