ESEA Reauthorization

The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) approved a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act by a vote of 15-7, with three Republicans joining all 12 Democrats on the Committee. The bill would jettison AYP (annual yearly progress) in exchange for goals set by school systems based on “college and career ready” standards and decrease the federal role in education by focusing federal intervention only on the lowest performing 5% of schools. Student performance data would continue to be reported for subpopulations, including students with disabilities, and up to 1% of students – those with significant intellectual disabilities – could be administered alternate assessments. School systems no longer would be required to develop teacher and principal evaluation systems. Senator Harkin, Chair of the HELP committee, promised to schedule a hearing on the bill before it goes to the full Senate. More information about the bill is available on the HELP committee website http://help.senate.gov/

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