House Republicans have passed a No Child Left Behind revision called the Student Success Act — with no Democratic support, reports Education Week. Schools would have to test students and report scores by subgroups, such as English Learners, special education students and low-income students. However, “states and school districts would get a lot more say on how they hold schools accountable” for students’ progress.
That has advocates for some school districts (including the American Association of School Administrators) pretty happy. But civil rights organizations, the business community, and urban districts are not on board. More on what’s in the bill and who likes and hates the bill here.
The Student Success Act no longer requires school districts to use student outcomes to measure teacher effectiveness. Now it’s optional.
The bill “walks away from low-income students and students of color and threatens to wipe away 40 years of educational progress,” charges Education Trust.
Bipartisan compromise is very unlikely. The likelihood of reauthorization before 2015 is roughly 2 to 3 percent, estimates Rick Hess.
Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s “completely partisan and very different” NCLB rewrite passed the Senate Education Committee with no Republican support, notes Ed Week. Furthermore, “it’s unclear if the Obama administration, which has its own waiver plan, even wants a reauthorization.”