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Recruiter Journal
 
"Every Student Succeeds Act" Can be New
Tool For Education Service Specialists
 
By Fonda Bock
USAREC, Public Affairs
Dec. 21, 2015

"Every Student Succeeds Act," the new federal law replacing the "No Child Left Behind Act," provides recruiters and Education Service Specialists fresh opportunities to work with schools.

While there are a number of similarities between ESSA and the older NCLB, there are also some significant changes. Recruiters still have access to school directory information and parents and students 18 and older can be removed from the list if they don’t want to be contacted

But the new act gives states more control over their education programs and school operations, which could work to USAREC’s advantage, said Tony Castillo, USAREC's Education Division chief.

"This new legislation could reduce the amount of testing schools are required to conduct," he said. "In recent years, schools wouldn’t allow ASVAB CEP testing due to the significant increase in NCLB testing."

This change may allow us to get the ASVAB CEP back into some of those schools that declined to test in the past.

The new legislation also places a big emphasis on STEM education and career readiness, which ties in with the Army messaging of "It's not the Army or college, it's the Army and college."

"There's now a STEM section in March 2 Success and that, along with ASVAB CEP helps schools with career readiness,"; Castillo said. "We need to identify how each state is going to implement the new act, so we can reintroduce Army education outreach programs to schools and show how the Army promotes student success and college and career readiness."
 
Here are a few questions ESSes should keep in mind when developing and implementing a plan of action: 
  1. What Army education outreach programs can best support schools, school districts, or states to achieve student success?
  2. How can M2S be used as a tool for schools in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act?
  3. What suggestions can you offer educators and schools to help them utilize M2S as a teaching tool in their classrooms?
  4. How can ASVAB CEP be used as a tool in support of the Every Student Succeeds Act?
  5. How can ASVAB CEP student testing results be used by schools, school districts, or states to show career readiness?
  6. How can teachers use the information from the ASVAB CEP to help students work toward their future and career goals?

Army Educations Resources:
Army Ed Space: www.ArmyEdSpace.com
Army Education Outreach Program: www.usaeop.com

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