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President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Thursday in Washington.
— Evan Vucci/AP

President Signs ESSA, Marking the End of No Child Left Behind

ESSA, the revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, puts states and districts back at the wheel on teacher evaluation, standards, school turnarounds, and accountability. (December 10, 2015)

Spotlight on No Child Left Behind

This Spotlight looks at where adjustments have been made to the controversial No Child Left Behind law.

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04/29 03:50 pm | Jane Sanders: Bernie and I Stand With Unions and Against Standardized Testing | The No Child Left Behind Act was a huge mistake, standardized testing isn't worth believing in, and teachers should be more respected and better paid than they are, ...

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Commentaries: The Federal Role in Education
This collection of essays adapted for Education Week from the book Carrots, Sticks, and the Bully Pulpit examines federal involvement in education policy.

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With the ink barely dry on the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education begins the tricky process of setting the course for implementation.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act could embolden some states to revise or abandon their current methods for rating teachers.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to measure at least one nonacademic factor, such as student engagement, when tracking schools' performance.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act, the latest version of the nation’s main K-12 law, aims to scale back the hands-on federal role in elementary and secondary education.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
While many educators hailed the fifth National Education Technology Plan as a compelling statement of what's possible, attempts to make the vision a reality face big hurdles.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
State lawmakers around the country will be looking closely at how new flexibility for states under the Every Student Succeeds Act will play out on a key range of issues in their backyards.
January 5, 2016 - Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act allows states and districts to cobble scores from interim assessments into a single, summative score, but some experts worry that will make the results less valid.
December 18, 2015 - Education Week
ESSA is not a federal intervention "smack down," writes Joanne Weiss, former chief of staff to Arne Duncan.
December 10, 2015 - Education Week
The bill approved by a 359-64 margin would scale back the federal role in education for the first time since the early 1980s.
December 8, 2015 - Education Week
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states would get significant leeway in a wide range of areas, with the U.S. Department of Education seeing its hands-on role in accountability scaled back considerably. Here are key highlights.
December 8, 2015 - Education Week

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