In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. ESSA replaces the former federal education law, commonly referenced as No Child Left Behind, and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). Within this new law, there is more state-level decision-making authority, as well as new flexibilities for programs, and Tennessee is uniquely positioned to take full advantage of the opportunities. For the past several years, Tennessee has made education a top priority and continues to be the fastest improving state in the nation, with a clear vision and comprehensive strategic plan, called Tennessee Succeeds.