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February 04, 2015

California Seeks NCLB Waiver From Feds Over Use of Test Scores

The California Department of Education is seeking a one-year reprieve from the U.S. Department of Education from the use of student performance on Smarter Balanced assessments in determining school performance.

February 04, 2015

House Democrats Push Back on NCLB Rewrite Timeline

The House education committee will mark up a proposal to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act on Feb. 11, and the House will debate the measure the week of Feb. 24.

February 03, 2015

How Much Control Should States Have in the NCLB Rewrite?

Under the current U.S. Senate draft to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act, 67 federal education programs would be eliminated or not reauthorized.

January 30, 2015

Did Billions of Dollars in School Turnaround Aid Help?

School Improvement Grant funding mattered, the Council of the Great City Schools found, and it was mostly the money, not the federally mandated turnaround models, that made the difference.

January 30, 2015

Major K-12 Groups to Congress: Keep Annual Tests in NCLB Rewrite

The biggest policy debate emerging in the reauthorization process is whether or not to preserve the law's annual testing requirements.

January 29, 2015

House Will Vote on NCLB Reauthorization Last Week in February

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., plans to forego hearings on reauthorization and use the bill he ushered through the House in the 113th Congress as the starting point for the legislative process.

January 27, 2015

Senate Ed. Panel Unlikely to Require Teacher Evaluations in NCLB Overhaul

Members of the Senate education committee agreed at a hearing that teacher evaluations are essential, but it's still unlikely that the NCLB reauthorization will mandate them.

January 26, 2015

K-12 Advocates Oppose Title I Portability Language in Alexander's NCLB Draft

Advocates for school districts see Title I portability as a pit-stop on the highway that leads to voucherville.

January 22, 2015

House Will Clear NCLB Reauthorization By March, Ed. Leader Says

John Kline, R-Minn., chairman of the House education committee, said he will use the Student Success Act, the bill he ushered through the House in the 113th Congress, as the starting point for the legislative process.

January 21, 2015

No Resolution to Annual-Testing Debate After First NCLB Reauthorization Hearing

After two-and-a-half hours of hearing from a diverse panel of witnesses, chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., still hadn't come down on one side of the testing debate.

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