The union says that removing the requirements for paraprofessionals in Title I schools could harm quality.
The AFT has joined a group supporting the so-called 21st century skills, whose efforts it once opposed.
A forthcoming study from a University of Missouri team says that teacher evaluation should compare teachers and students in "equally circumstanced" schools.
The NEA wants the next version of the law to require states and districts to issue "dashboards" depicting the extent to which traditionally underserved students have access to advanced courses, early-learning programs, and arts programming.
A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Thursday that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission does not have authority to unilaterally change the teacher contract and impose new terms.
Many California districts continue not to include student learning as a measure of teacher quality, a new report from the advocacy group EdVoice alleges.
The American Federation of Teachers and the Center on American Progress say annual tests should be retained for reporting purposes, but scaled back for school-accountability purposes.
Today, a court will consider whether the Davids v. New York lawsuit, which seeks to overturn key sections of New York's tenure, layoff, and dismissal laws, will move forward.
New York law has made it possible for parents to view the final score their students' teachers receive, but few are availing themselves of the opportunity.
The Education Department has badly missed a deadline to prepare the congressionally mandated report.