Now the"Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" seems to have a shot at becoming law, renewing the ESEA and changing the NCLB requirements. Last week, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) and Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) proposed a bipartisan approach. Politics K-12 reports that amendments are due today for the committee markup that begins tomorrow.
If the current bill became law without changes, states would still be required to:
- set academic standards
- assess reading and math once per grade in grades 3-8 and once in high school
- assess science three times between grade 3 and grade 12.
- report assessment results broken out by student subgroups
- establish accountability rules that make use of those assessment results and graduation rates
- identify low-performing schools
- pilot innovative assessment systems in school districts
- use additional indicators of student and school performance in accountability calculations (Politics K-12's example of a possible addition is "percent of students taking AP tests")
- design accountability rules with considerably more flexibility, including an absence of federal requirements about how many schools to identify as low-performing.
Also in the nature of the legislative process, the current bill has many more parts, and I've settled for a few main issues. You can read the committee summary here, the Politics K-12 summary here, or the full text of the bill here.
--Posted by Susan Perkins Weston