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July 30, 2015

Conference Process to Rewrite ESEA Gets Underway

All the expected characters were at the table: Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Reps. John Kline, R-Minn., and Bobby Scott, D-Va.

July 30, 2015

Beyond Graduation Rates: Holding High Schools Accountable

As Congress tries to rewrite No Child Left Behind, a new paper argues that high school accountability should be based on more than test scores and graduation rates.

July 30, 2015

Arne Duncan on Accountability in ESEA Reauthorization

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan may only have eighteen months left in office—but they're critical months when it comes to the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

July 30, 2015

Accountability 101: For Surgeons and Teachers

Accountability systems for surgeons have created perverse incentives leaving the best doctors increasingly unwilling to take on the toughest medical cases. The parallels to schools and teachers are clear.

July 28, 2015

Teacher-Turned-Congressman: Rep. Mark Takano's Take on ESEA Rewrite

Takano favors grade-span testing, supports the federal mandate that states and schools test 95 percent of students, and thinks accountability should be entirely left up to states.

July 20, 2015

ESEA Rewrite: What to Expect From House-Senate Conference

Representatives from both parties and both chambers will attempt to find common ground between their dueling reauthorization bills, which contain some stark policy differences.

July 17, 2015

Senate No Child Left Behind Bill Draws Fire for Weakness on Accountability

The legislation now moves into conference with the House version, but critics are attacking it for letting schools with low graduation rates off the hook.

July 16, 2015

Senate Passes ESEA Rewrite With Big Bipartisan Backing, 81-17

Passage marks a crucial step in getting a bill to the president's desk. The Senate and House can now begin conferencing their dueling reauthorization measures.

July 16, 2015

Rep. Scott, Civil Rights Groups: We Need More Accountability in Senate ESEA Bill

The U.S. Senate's bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act doesn't go nearly far enough when it comes to accountability for low-income students and racial minorities.

July 15, 2015

Civil Rights Groups, Teachers' Union Spar Over Accountability Amendment

The National Education Association sent a letter Tuesday to senators urging them to oppose a Democratic amendment that would beef up accountability in the Senate's ESEA rewrite.

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