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No Child Left Behind Comes to Awana

The children’s ministry rethinks the competition at its core. O ne of the most important symbols in modern Christianity is a circle inside a square, its sides marked red, blue, green, and yellow, divided by diagonal lines. For some Christians,...Show More Summary

The pendulum swings too far on school accountability

Is California’s committment to school accountability dead? Probably not, but it’s certainly withering. The days of California’s Academic Performance Index and the federal No Child Left Behind Act are over, and they won’t be missed. The API’s obsessive insistence on measuring schools solely on the...

Education Department approves Vermont plan under new law

The U.S Department of Education has approved Vermont's plan required for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The new education law replaced No Child Left Behind, and states were asked … Click to Continue »

From the Vault: March 31, 2003

The Quagmire of Law-Based School Reform. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act may be the farthest-reaching federal education legislation in U.S. history. It directly affects funding and services in virtually every one of the nation’s nearly 15,000 school districts. Show More Summary

Public can comment on West Virginia education plan draft

The West Virginia Department of Education is allowing the public to comment on a draft of a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act. States must submit … Click to Continue »

Teaching without training

(Brigham Young University) Despite efforts from No Child Left Behind to promote 'highly qualified' teaching, recent research shows that just 36 percent of new secondary science teachers are teaching only in their trained subject.

West Virginia meetings on education plan start next week

The West Virginia Department of Education plans a series of public meetings starting next week as it develops a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act. States … Click to Continue »

California putting vulnerable students in harm’s way

This year, states are casting off No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all schoolhouse shackles and experimenting with innovative ways to hold schools accountable. Some states are measuring school climate, access to advanced coursework, or socioemotional skills. Show More Summary

Start state secondary schools later in the morning for better student health

Mandates to local school districts from on high — whether that’s Sacramento or Washington, D.C. — don’t always work out for the best for students and parents. They can backfire — see No Child Left Behind standards from the George W. Bush era — or inspire some extremely creative accounting on the part of districts […]

Oregon plans broader rating system for schools

Oregon intends to shift how it evaluates schools and intervenes in those with the poorest results, moving from the rigid model required under No Child Left Behind to a more … Click to Continue »

West Virginia to hold series of meetings on education plan

The West Virginia Department of Education plans to hold a series of meetings as it develops a state replacement plan for the No Child Left Behind Act. States must submit … Click to Continue »

In reading, kindergarten became the new first grade, thanks to No Child Left Behind

Children entering first grade in 2013 had significantly better reading skills than similar students had in 2001. Researchers say this means that in general, children are better readers at a younger age. While Common Core has been widely...Show More Summary

School ratings should rate what’s important, not just what’s easy to calculate

Remember that old saying “what gets measured gets done”? In our data-driven schools, “What gets measured gets taught.” Since No Child Left Behind was signed in 2002, states, including the District, have been required to rate schools based on reading and math test scores.  The unsurprising result: According to multiple reports, the time spent on […]

Ohio delays submitting education plan, will review feedback

State officials will spend more time reviewing public feedback before sending federal regulators Ohio's education and accountability plan under the law that replaced No Child Left Behind. Ohio intended to … Click to Continue »

Dem Epiphany: Public Education Under Siege

In 2001, Democrats joined Republicans to create a massive school privatization corporate welfare plan known as No Child Left Behind. With fanciful performance targets and unbending rules, which every education policy person knew would...Show More Summary

DeVos' Power To Do Nothing

The new federal law Every Students Succeeds Act, replacing No Child Left Behind, gutted many powers of the Secretary of Education. In this new legal landscape, the Secretary's greatest and most destructive power thus may be the ability...Show More Summary

ACA hasn't reduced socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening

The Affordable Care Act may be leaving American policy shortly after its chief advocate leaves office. Democrats are keenly aware that the incoming administration may do to Obamacare what President Obama did to No Child Left Behind and NASA's Constellation program. Show More Summary

DeVos Will Make Democrat's Charter Plan Easier to Sell

A few years back Diane Ravitch was forced to admit openly what the opponents of testing accountability knew when No Child Left Behind became law: the ridiculous goal of 100% percent student proficiency in reading and math could never...Show More Summary

Underachievement replacing selection as Stormont’s main education theme

At the DUP conference last month, the party published a paper entitled No Child Left Behind, a study into educational underachievement in Northern Ireland. The document was researched and written by the North Down party councillor, Peter Martin, who consulted with many educationalists ahead of producing the paper. The report can be accessed via the more...

Every Student Succeeds Act Webinar

In Oct 2015 President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The previous version of the law was the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This new version of the law was needed because the requirements of NCLB "unworkable...Show More Summary

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