Tagged with NCLB

The U.S. Congress Passes Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

[Last] week’s U.S. House passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, makes it clear: If you want to see education policy in the next few years, look to state capitols, not Washington, D.C. The current version of the law, the No Child Left Behind Act, created … Continue reading

California Denied NCLB Waiver, Now What?

California’s request for a waiver from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act will be denied, according to this story in the San Jose Mercury News. Apparently, the state learned of this in a phone call from department officials the Friday before the Christmas holiday, but the official word hasn’t gone out yet. … Continue reading

More Than Half of States Now Have NCLB Waivers

Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act remains stalled in Congress, but the Obama administration continues to push ahead with big changes to the accountability system at its core, with more than half the states now having been approved for waivers from major mandates of the law. The U.S. Department of Education so far … Continue reading

Assessing Assessments — and Assessment Use

Experts from around the world gathered at TC in March to debate whether standardized tests are used in fair and valid ways . Cheating on U.S. standardized tests appears to be on the rise, even as the testing industry introduces tighter security measures each year and the penalties for cheaters grow ever more severe. So, … Continue reading

We Can Overcome Poverty’s Impact on School Success

Today’s post is a commentary found on the Education Week website. The authors are Michael A. Rebell and Jessica R. Wolff. Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jessica R. Wolff is the campaign’s policy director. In passing the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, … Continue reading

Experts Say Social Sciences Are ‘Left Behind’

As the majority of states implement common-core content standards, some experts are arguing that that the focus on mathematics and language arts leaves out the social and economic studies that can help students connect content to their daily lives. Researchers at a National Research Council forum on social sciences in Washington last month suggested that … Continue reading

State Challenges Seen as Whittling Away Federal Education Law

As hundreds of schools here and across the nation faced being labeled failures under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Montana education officials defiantly informed Washington this spring that they would stop raising testing targets as the law requires, despite warnings that doing so could cost the state millions of dollars in federal aid. But in … Continue reading

Obama’s War on Schools

…No matter the city, state, or region, those who know schools best are frightened for the future of public education. They see no one in a position of leadership who understands the damage being done to their schools by federal policies. They feel keenly betrayed by President Obama. Most voted for him, hoping he would … Continue reading

America’s Best High Schools

These are challenging times for secondary education. Cash-strapped school districts are cutting back; No Child Left Behind mandates test results; parents and students stress unabated. NEWSWEEK, which has been ranking the top public high schools in America for more than a decade, revamped its methodology this year in hopes of highlighting solutions. We enlisted a panel of … Continue reading

When Will the Testing Bubble Burst?

The following is commentary from Anthony Cody, a science teacher in inner-city Oakland, California who works with a team of science teacher-coaches to support novice teachers in his school district. He is a National Board-certified teacher and an active member of the Teacher Leaders Network. In the mid-1920s our economy boomed. The stock market, then … Continue reading