States are welcome not to adopt the standards, he said, but if they don't, they should aim even higher.

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

In the wake of Congress's inability to update the country's immigration laws, the president plans to provide legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

The slate of federal grant programs that help low-income and first-generation students gain access to college are supposed to get funded on a competitive basis, but it doesn't really work that way.

As chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee during the 114th Congress, Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., is planning to prioritize updating the No Child Left Behind law and the Higher Education Act.

At least one state that never sought the flexibility from NCLB's mandates is contemplating getting in on the waiver action: Nebraska.

After nearly four decades in Congress, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the education panel, begins his farewells and lauds the committee's soon-to-be next chairman, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

The Child Care and Development Block grant program, which hasn't been updated since 1996, helps low-income families pay for child care.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would like to see annual state assessments remain at the core of any reauthorization of NCLB, said state chiefs who participated in a Q-and-A in San Diego.

The U.S. Department of Education continues its trend of extending states' No Child Left Behind Act waivers even if they haven't completely taken care of everything cited in their monitoring reports.

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