Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., center, chairman of the Senate education committee, talks with staff members as the committee prepares to mark up a proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
—T.J. Kirkpatrick for Education Week

Fresh Battles Loom When Full Senate Takes Up ESEA Rewrite

The compromise bill approved by the Senate education committee to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces other priorities awaiting debate, and is likely to draw intense partisan sparring. (April 17, 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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04/24 11:19 am | Title IX Coordinators Key to Compliance, Education Department Reminds Schools | Schools must have well-trained Title IX coordinators who are visible and known to students, the U.S. Department of Education said in guidance released Friday.

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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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States looking for relief from elements of NCLB must show they worked with stakeholders in the planning process.
November 8, 2011 - Education Week
A warrior in the battle to close achievement gaps reflects on the value of NCLB, what’s she learned about the task, and what’s required to move ahead.
November 1, 2011 - Education Week
A measure to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act faces steep political hurdles.
October 31, 2011 - Education Week
NAEP's proficient standard is beyond the reach of students and it has little to do with how states measure achievement, James Harvey argues.
October 25, 2011 - Education Week
States could craft their own models for fixing low-performing schools under a change approved as the Senate education committee works to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
October 20, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
While some provisions of a long-awaited Senate bill to remake the Elementary and Secondary Education Act are drawing protest, several facets of the bill that affect the role of research in education are getting less notice.
October 20, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
Only districts that participate in the Teacher Incentive Fund would have to craft evaluations under the latest revision, which drew bipartisan support but still faces civil rights groups' opposition.
October 18, 2011 - Education Week
Many states formally say they will apply for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act, but some remain on the fence.
October 13, 2011 | Updated: March 24, 2012 - Education Week
California will need billions in federal aid to overhaul teacher evaluations and adopt new learning standards before it can qualify for a waiver from No Child Left Behind student achievement rules, according to state Superintendent Tom Torlakson.
September 27, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune
States would receive relief from cornerstone requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act.
September 27, 2011 - Education Week

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