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President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy - Politics K-12 - Education Week

President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy - Politics K-12 - Education Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
He said that while the authors of the No Child Left Behind Act, the previous iteration of ESEA, were well-intentioned, "In practice it often fell short" and led to too much time spent on testing, among other problems. And while his administration offered NCLB waivers, he said, "The truth is, that could only do so much."
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Final No Child Left Behind rewrite is public at last — all 1,059 pages — just days before Congress may vote

Final No Child Left Behind rewrite is public at last — all 1,059 pages — just days before Congress may vote | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The NCLB rewrite drastically cuts the power of the U.S. education secretary, a move widely seen as a rebuke to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and gives more education decision-making back to the states. 

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Is There a Third Way for ESEA?

Last month, a highly polarized debate waylaid a House vote on the federal government's most important education legislation: the LBJ-era Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Known since 2002 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), it provides more than $13 billion annually to support education for disadvantaged children.
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No Child Left Behind: What standardized test scores reveal about its legacy

With Congress now attempting to rewrite the No Child Left Behind law (the current version of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary School Act), it’s a good time to look at what NCLB accomplished and did not accomplish. Here’s one attempt to answer that question, and the post below is another, this one looking entirely at standardized test scores and how “achievement gaps” fared during the NCLB era.  This seems only fair, since modern school reformers have made standardized test scores the chief metric of student achievement and school effectiveness.
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No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway? Feb. 13, 2015

No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway? Feb. 13, 2015 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Lost in the NCLB debate in Washington is whether test-based accountability policies will produce equitable educational opportunities through substantially improved schooling.
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Congress should rewrite No Child Left Behind to help schools improve, not punish them on Friday - The Hechinger Report

“Thirteen years of NCLB has produced a number of lessons about what works and what doesn’t work in school improvement. It might be time to take a look at data dashboards as a new way of approaching school accountability.”
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Arne Duncan can keep his cynical NCLB waiver — Washington school board member

Last month the U.S.  Education Department for the first time rescinded one of the waivers it gave to states that exempts them the most onerous parts of the flawed No Child Left Behind law. It was Washington’s, and as a result, the state will  have to comply with all parts of No Child Left Behind — even though it is a law that Education Secretary Arne Duncan himself has said is fatally flawed. In fact, because of the peculiarities of the way the law was written, nearly all of Washington’s public schools will now be seen as failing even though nothing actually changed in the schools. If it makes no sense to you, it doesn’t to a lot of other people either, especially in Washington state.

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Kline and House Republicans Release NCLB Renewal Bill

Kline and House Republicans Release NCLB Renewal Bill | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In the latest bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind, House Republicans want to give states maximum flexibility, except when it comes to teacher evaluations.
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NCLB Waivers Weaken Grad Rate Accountability, Study Finds

NCLB Waivers Weaken Grad Rate Accountability, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"The Alliance for Excellent Education, a D.C.-based policy organization started by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, studied the waivers granted to each state and concluded that only a few states are fully complying with the federal graduation accountability requirements."

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ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained

ESEA Reauthorization: The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The ESSA is in many ways a U-turn from the current, much-maligned version of the ESEA law, the No Child Left Behind Act.
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Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores

Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers by Test Scores | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The proposal retains the requirement for yearly tests, but the federal government would no longer prescribe how the states handle schools with continuously poor scores.
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The Lost Purpose of School Reform by Diane Ravitch

The Lost Purpose of School Reform by Diane Ravitch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Federal education law originally had one overriding purpose: to send federal funding to schools that enrolled large numbers of poor children.
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House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite

House Leaders Officially Postpone Vote on NCLB Rewrite | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's possible that leaders will find the votes to pass the bill next week—but if they don't the bid to update the NCLB law this year could be in serious trouble.
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NCLB Waiver States Share in New SIG Flexibility

NCLB Waiver States Share in New SIG Flexibility | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School Improvement Grant rules out this month give more leeway on turnaround strategies to states with waivers, not just to SIG recipients.
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Teacher tells Congress: ‘We simply cannot ignore the stunning impact of income inequality and high child poverty’

Teacher tells Congress: ‘We simply cannot ignore the stunning impact of income inequality and high child poverty’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
She urges that legislators attempting to rewrite No Child Left Behind provide sufficient resources to educators and students through a reform model known as community schools.
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WAIVE GOODBYE: Washington Becomes First State to Lose ESEA Waiver

Duncan says Washington State did not keep "its commitments," Washington's governor blames the legislature for losing the waiver.

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Slim chances for new version of No Child Left Behind | HechingerEd Blog

Slim chances for new version of No Child Left Behind | HechingerEd Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The Democrats' proposal for a new NCLB, known as the Harkin bill, explained.

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