Elementary and Secondary Education Act

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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.

Issue Backgrounder

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No Child Left Behind
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Politics K-12 Blog

06/29 01:41 pm | Education Secretary Spars With Senators Over School Ratings, ESSA Timeline | It was the second congressional hearing about the Every Student Succeeds Act in under a week featuring U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.

Special Collection

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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Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill agree that teacher evaluations are crucial, but as they take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, they are shying away from such a requirement.
February 4, 2015 – Education Week
Several witnesses implored Sen. Alexander to maintain annual testing in the ESEA, but he continues to entertain alternatives.
January 28, 2015 – Education Week
At a recent national conference in Florida, advocates and parents strategized on getting more people involved in the growing practice of "test refusal."
January 28, 2015 – Education Week
Worries over federal compliance slow implementation of a new law giving school-based teams the power to develop course-completion and graduation standards for some special education students.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
There's no end in sight to the Institute of Education Sciences' long wait to fill top leadership vacancies and get a reauthorization.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
As Congress kicks off new efforts to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the No Child Left Behind mandates on state assessments are at the heart of the debate.
January 21, 2015 – Education Week
January 14, 2015 – Education Week
Those seeking continued leeway from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act will largely be able to stay the course in key policy areas, federal guidance says.
December 3, 2014 – Education Week
Drawing on real-world advice from principals, several initiatives in the Obama administration's second term aim to address the needs of school leaders.
December 1, 2014 – Education Week
A midterm election that vastly favored Republicans at virtually every level leaves President Barack Obama with far fewer allies in states and in Congress to champion his policy priorities.
November 12, 2014 – Education Week

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