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May 18, 2015

The End of the Big Test: Moving to Competency-Based Policy

The use of assessment pilots and innovations zones where groups of schools apply and become authorized to operate alternative assessment systems will soon replace the frustration surrounding NCLB and end of year tests. Much has changed since NCLB was enacted, especially when it comes to assessment.

May 13, 2015

Legislative Adventure Game: See Why It's Difficult for a Bill to Become Law

To illustrate how difficult it is for a bill to get to the president's desk, we've created a choose-your-own-adventure legislative game. See if you can steer a bill to the president's desk.

May 12, 2015

The Long Haul: ESEA Reauthorization Timeline

Hopes are still high for a bipartisan ESEA reauthorization bill to get on the U.S. Senate floor in early June, but the bill is still stuck in legislative limbo.

May 08, 2015

Friday Reading List: Accountability, Personalized Learning, and Edu-Media

What goes better with nice spring weather than accountability, testing, and personalized learning? Nothing you say? Check out these good reads.

April 27, 2015

California Mulls NCLB Tutoring Waiver

If California were to get permission to do its own tutoring, it would essentially shed yet another irksome aspect of the law, without having to jump through the Obama administration's waiver hoops.

April 27, 2015

When Should a State Consider a School Officially "Turned Around"?

Under NCLB waivers, states have to identify 5 percent of their lowest performing schools for major interventions. But that hasn't always gone super smoothly.

April 21, 2015

Senate Agreement on Anti-Human-Trafficking Bill Helps Clear Path for ESEA

A Senate agreement on a bill to prevent human trafficking showcases how unrelated pieces of legislation may determine the fate of a particular bill awaiting floor debate.

April 16, 2015

Senate Education Committee Unanimously Passes Bipartisan ESEA Rewrite

On the third day of its markup, the committee approved three amendments that focused on the funding formula for Title II, which deals with issues like teacher preparation.

April 15, 2015

Senate Ed. Committee Spars Over Bullying Prevention in ESEA Rewrite; Nears Finish

What had been a relatively calm legislative process produced a more-passionate debate over a pair of dueling amendments on harassment and bullying, particularly of LGBT students.

April 15, 2015

Montana's Assessment Snafus Could 'Test' NCLB Law

Montana has just decided to make testing under the Smarter Balanced assessment optional, after some serious technical glitches.

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