Major changes to No Child Left Behind (NCLB) not likely

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), the incoming chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, has stated that a rewrite of the 2001 NCLB law is not going to happen. Instead, Kline wants to pass a series of stand-alone bills to rectify “pieces” of the standards-setting education law. Many education advocates are concerned that carving up NCLB could lead to cherry-picking of the easiest changes and avoiding the larger, more complex parts. The most pressing item on the NCLB agenda is a fix to school proficiency benchmarks that schools must meet 100 percent by 2014 or face punishments. Kline would like more of the decisions on how schools are measured and account for student achievement to be made by states, and he is already discussing with several governors how they will handle their schools.

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