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November 19, 2014

Rep. Bobby Scott Tapped as Top Democrat on House Education Panel

Scott may be more skeptical of test-based accountability than his predecessor, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif, an original author of the NCLB law.

November 11, 2014

Democrats Call on Ed. Department to Ensure Equity in NCLB Waiver Guidance

Ahead of the U.S. Department of Education's No Child Left Behind waiver guidance, expected this week, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., and Democrats who represent majority-minority districts are urging Education Secretary Arne Duncan to ensure the academic achievement of all students.

November 04, 2014

Republicans Will Control Senate in the 114th Congress

With a Republican wave in the midterm elections, conservatives clinch control over the U.S. Senate.

October 30, 2014

How Can States Use College Entrance Tests for NCLB Accountability?

Some states are trying out ACT and SAT in their accountability systems, but there are limits to this approach.

October 29, 2014

Large Suburban Districts Call for More Testing Flexibility

The Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium is made up of 16 school districts across the country. Earlier this year, the group also called for reduced emphasis on testing.

October 29, 2014

Big Suburban District Leaders Favor Staggered Testing for NCLB Waiver States

Big suburban superintendents want new kinds of tests and the option to test less frequently.

October 28, 2014

Template for 'New Accountability' Demands 'Shared Responsibility' for K-12

In addition to calling for an end to "test and punish" policies, the plan wants government held accountable for providing adequate resources to public schools.

October 28, 2014

Civil Rights Groups Want Resources for Students to Factor in Accountability

Federal and state accountability must do more than just hold schools' feet to the fire on student outcomes, civil rights groups say in a letter to President Barack Obama.

October 22, 2014

Education Officials to Re-examine Standardized Testing

The number of standardized tests that U.S. students take is too high. While I feel that the idea to use tests to hold schools accountable is a good one, the frequency and redundancy of standardized testing has gone too far.

October 09, 2014

Six Additional States Get NCLB Waiver Extensions

Six additional states have now seen their No Child Left Behind waivers extended through the end of this school year, including Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah.

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