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December 01, 2020

Could Biden Find a Middle Path on Student Testing During the Pandemic?

Waiving some portions of federal law could help the Biden administration craft a compromise on tests, but pressing questions would remain.

March 24, 2020

How Does Current Law Limit Betsy DeVos' Power to Waive Education Mandates?

Several of the already existing restrictions on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' authority to waive federal education law deal with school funding.

March 19, 2020

Senate Coronavirus Bill Would Give DeVos Sweeping Power to Waive Education Law

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act would give the education secretary the power to grant "national emergency educational waivers" from the Every Student Succeeds Act and other laws.

February 26, 2020

Bernie Sanders' Record on Testing and No Child Left Behind: A Brief History

The Democratic presidential candidate likes to highlight his vote against the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, although his record on the issue of high-stakes standardized testing isn't black and white.

November 07, 2019

ESSA Strategy Guide Says 'Lighter Lift' Should Be an Option for School Leaders

The report suggests when it comes to using evidence to improve schools under Every Student Succeeds Act, the most demanding option may not always be the best one for state and local education leaders.

May 19, 2019

How Many Schools Are Low-Performing Under ESSA? Here Are Some Answers

A Center on Education Policy report reveals the share of schools getting identified as needing improvement varies widely by state, with one labeling 69 percent of its schools this way for ESSA purposes.

October 07, 2018

Betsy DeVos Has Approved Every ESSA Plan. Read What's in Them

All the ESSA plans submitted by states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have been approved by Betsy DeVos. Don't feel like reading them all? We've got your cheat sheet here.

July 02, 2018

DeVos Approves Oklahoma's ESSA Plan

Oklahoma is the forty-seventh state to get the federal seal of approval for its plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. That leaves just three states waiting: California, Florida, and Utah.

June 04, 2018

How Are States Handling Testing Opt-Outs Under ESSA?

Under ESSA, states must figure low testing participation into school ratings, but just how to do that is totally up to them.

March 30, 2018

Event to Explore American Education 35 Years After 'A Nation at Risk'

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute has an event on April 12 in Washington, D.C., that will explore where American education stands 35 years after the landmark report.

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