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The Debate on Reauthorizing NCLB

With a Republican controlled Senate and a Republican controlled House, it appears likely that the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), first enacted in 1965 and re-authorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2001, may finally again...

Jeb Bush and Common Core Misconceptions

Juleanna Glover: Jeb Bush's support for regular testing and high education standards has led some to mistake him as a proxy for President Obama’s interpretation of No Child Left Behind.

GOP Left Behind as Obama’s Expected Veto Spells Disaster For Republican Education Bill

Shortly after his Keystone Pipeline veto, President Obama is gearing up to veto yet another Republican backed bill aimed at fixing the “No Child Left Behind” act. Obama called the bill “a significant step backwards.” The “No Child Left Behind” was a legislative hallmark of George W. Show More Summary

One Key Part of Fixing No Child Left Behind: Take Out the Racial Focus

I enjoyed Frederick Hess’s article today, and was particularly happy to see this:  “[Education Secretary Arne] Duncan’s wish list has included race-based performance targets.... The Student Success Act [the Republican No Child Left Behind...Show More Summary

Morning Bits

The historic role actually belongs to the states. “President Obama would veto the House Republican plan to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind law, his administration said Wednesday.... The bill ‘abdicates the historic federal role in elementary and secondary education of ensuring the educational progress of all of America’s students, including […]

White House may veto GOP efforts to overhaul ‘No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON — The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican bill to overhaul the widely criticized No Child Left Behind law, calling the effort “a significant step backwards.” The veto threat came as lawmakers were set to debate the … Continue reading ? The post White House may veto GOP efforts to overhaul ‘No Child Left Behind’ appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Did No Child Left Behind’s test-based reforms fail? Or not?

Earlier this month I published part of a policy memo from the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder under this headline: “No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway?” The memo — written by Kevin Welner, director of the NEPC, an attorney and a UC Boulder professor […]

White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON — No Child Left Behind is a widely criticized law, but a GOP bill intended to fix it isn't winning popularity contests among House Democrats. Continue reading ? The post White House threatens veto of GOP bill to fix No Child Left Behind appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

When something goes well in Washington these days, it's worth noting. Republicans and Democrats now agree that the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) - the current name of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) - has failed to achieve its goals and needs to be fixed. Show More Summary

No Child Left Behind: how to end 'teaching to the test'

When U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said last year that the incessant focus on testing was “sucking the oxygen” out of public school classrooms, his statement seemed like a pointed criticism of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and of his own long-standing policies. For the...

No Child Left in Isolation

Just about any discussion about No Child Left Behind is a contentious one. Discussions about the viability of the program will likely happen in Congress this year. It is reasonable to hypothesize that the issue of how money is spentShow More Summary

Time to leave behind No Child Left Behind, Obama says in weekly address

This year, I want to work with both parties in Congress to replace No Child Left Behind with a smarter law that addresses the overuse of standardized tests, makes a real investment in preschool, and gives every kid a fair shot in the...Show More Summary

More than 500 researchers sign NCLB letter to Congress: stop test-focused reforms

More than 500 education researchers around the country have signed an open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about how the No Child Left Behind law should be rewritten, saying that they “strongly urge departing from test-focused reforms that not only have been discredited for high-stakes decisions, but also have shown to widen, not […]

White House Takes a Swing at House Version of New Education Bill

The White House cranked up tensions surrounding federal plans for a new education law on Friday, criticizing the House Republicans’ overhaul of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, known as No Child Left Behind, in a report.

No Child Left Behind’s test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway?

Education Secretary Arne Duncan wrote on the department’s website here that “for more than a decade, states and schools throughout this country have worked within the narrow confines of the No Child Left Behind law,” and that “it’s long past time to move past that law, and replace it with one that expands opportunity, increases […]

115 education groups: GOP No Child Left Behind legislation is vastly underfunded

The Republican-dominated House education committee just approved legislation, H.R. 5, that is a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act with funding levels that critics say are inadequate to properly support K-12 public education. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate’s education committee, has released draft legislation that has been hit as well […]

Charts: Reconsidering NCLB's Bad Rap

These pretty charts from Third Way (Did No Child Left Behind Work) will change no one's mind, if we've learned anything about minds being changed, but I will share them anyway (with permission), and recommend you read their writeup of the reality behind NCLB's bad rap.

Teacher tells Congress: ‘We simply cannot ignore the stunning impact of income inequality and high child poverty’

Congress is finally attempting to rewrite No Child Left Behind — a task it was supposed to accomplish in 2007 — even as Education Secretary Arne Duncan has predicted a 50-50 chance that the task will be completed. Hearings by legislators have started, and this past week Democrats in the House held a forum to […]

For a model on student testing, look to Finland

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

To the editor: The controversy over standardized testing is not whether it is necessary; it's over what to do with the results. ("No Child Left Behind test requirements deserve support from both parties," Op-Ed, Feb. 3)

House Democrats discuss updates to ‘No Child Left Behind’ law

WASHINGTON — House Democratic lawmakers are clawing to get their views heard as Congress moves ahead on revising the much-maligned No Child Left Behind education law and its annual school testing requirements. They crowded into a small...Show More Summary

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