Bipartisan talks regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (sometimes referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)) have come to a halt. Senior members of the House leadership have not confirmed that the discussions have ended, but press reports indicate that negotiators have been unable to move forward.
Several bills have been introduced in the Senate that would amend ESEA. Proposals include requiring interventions in only the lowest performing 5% of schools and allowing any student with a disability to be assessed with alternate assessments rather than the regular assessments given to other students (S. 1571) and removing the Secretary of Education’s ability to put conditions on waiver requests (S. 1567, S 1568, and S. 1569). The Arc is monitoring these developments closely since the NCLB law is considered to have been the source of some improvements in the education of students with disabilities.