So the NO Child act is gone, but how is ESSA going to change TESTING MANIA? '... the department is reminding states that they must come up with some kind of a plan to address opt-outs in their accountability systems, and d if they don’t have some sort of a plan in place, they’ll risk federal sanctions. Remember how the Every Student Succeeds Act was transferring power from the Feds to the states? Well, not everything. The law still requires annual testing as before. It still requires a participation rate of 95%. When it comes to opt-outs, ESSA has a complex solution.... states must figure low testing participation into school ratings, but just how to do that is totally up to them. And states can continue to have laws affirming parents’ right to opt their students out of tests (as Oregon does). Same old, new name.