23 Nov 2015

Revised No Child Left Behind

Revised No Child Left Behind

After a lengthy delay a special Conference Committee is at a point where a revised No Child Left Behind bill is ready to be sent to the full body of legislators November 30.

The key points in the revised No Child Left Behind proposed bill includes:

  • The bill “encourages” a cap of 2% on total instructional time would be spent on standardized assessments.  The bill does not require the cap but encourages it in light of redundancy in assessments and the increasing amount of lost instruction time spent on test prep and taking.
  • The bill will remove any Federal oversight on the results of state standardized assessment scores.
  • The bill requires states to intervene in the bottom 5% of schools on the state’s standardized assessment scores.
  • The bill bars the Federal government from incentivizing state adopted curriculum standards.  This is in response to the polarization the Common Core movement created.
  • The bill creates a pilot for money to port with low-income children to expand school choice.
While it is a significant milestone we are at the verge of passage of a revised No Child Left Behind it does not mean the real work has not begun.  States are fraught with political influences and without Federal oversight the consistency of what American children lean and how teachers are evaluated could widen.  It is time for State Department of Education leaders across the country to collect their constituents desires and get together for real education reform.


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