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November 17, 2015

With the ESEA Conference Set to Kick Off, Is the End Near for NCLB?

After eight years and at least three serious attempts, Congress is finally moving forward on bipartisan, bicameral legislation to rewrite the almost-universally-despised No Child Left Behind Act.

November 11, 2015

ESEA Issue to Watch: How Much Power Should the Education Secretary Have?

Lawmakers in both parties—but especially Republicans—are really unhappy with the way Duncan and Company used Race to the Top, and especially, waivers from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

November 09, 2015

This Is Not a Test: One State's Assessment Pilot Seeks to Grow Up and Out

The goals here include getting more in-depth and current information on what students know and can do than the schools would with traditional summative exams, and helping students tackle material in more meaningful ways.

November 04, 2015

Rewriting No Child Left Behind: Three Testing Issues to Watch

Even though both the House and Senate ESEA bills keep annual tests, they go very different ways on a lot of other assessment issues.

November 02, 2015

Big Education Groups to Congress: Finish ESEA Reauthorization

Teachers, school administrators, principals and state officials have launched a digital ad campaign asking lawmakers to finish work to reauthorize the ESEA.

October 30, 2015

Could Washington State Get Its NCLB Waiver Back?

It's hard to imagine that Washington State—which is back under NCLB and not loving it—isn't feeling a little sore these days.

October 26, 2015

Rep. Paul Ryan Close to Taking Over as Speaker: Here's His K-12 Record

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is poised to become the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. What does his record indicate what he could do regarding education policy?

October 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: The ESEA Bill the Administration May Be Wishing For

The Obama administration and some civil rights groups didn't get behind an attempt to renew the NCLB law back in 2011. But that bill was stronger, from their perspective, than anything on the table in Congress right now.

October 20, 2015

Which K-12 Programs Will Survive ESEA Reauthorization?

Will the newly reauthorized ESEA include money for elementary and secondary school counselors, afterschool programs, and early-childhood education?

October 15, 2015

ESEA Rewrite May Put States in Charge of Turnarounds. Are They Ready?

Both pieces of ESEA reauthorization legislation pending in the House and Senate would put states and districts, as opposed to the feds, in the driver's seat when it comes to turnarounds.

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