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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07/28 09:00 am | Teacher-Turned-Congressman: Rep. Mark Takano's Take on ESEA Rewrite | Takano favors grade-span testing, supports the federal mandate that states and schools test 95 percent of students, and thinks accountability should be entirely left up to ...

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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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The House GOP's bare-bones approach to federal K-12 policy draws polarized reviews in the NCLB renewal debate.
January 17, 2012 - Education Week
A House proposal on how to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act mirrors elements of a Senate plan, but goes further in some areas.
January 6, 2012 | Updated: June 24, 2015 - Education Week
Commentary
NCLB Lessons
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says that while NCLB has been a noble experiment, most decisions about education should be local.
January 5, 2012 - Education Week
The No Child Left Behind Act marked a major step forward for school reform, Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., writes.
January 5, 2012 - Education Week
Minnesota is the only applicant that did not adopt the common-core standards and is not taking part in designing common assessments.
December 13, 2011 - Education Week
States seeking No Child Left Behind flexibility on low-performing schools seek to execute the Obama administration's playbook.
December 13, 2011 - Education Week
The 11 states seeking flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act differ widely on student-achievement goals and strategies to help low-performing schools.
December 2, 2011 - Education Week
Prospects still appear cloudy for a bipartisan measure anytime soon to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
November 11, 2011 | Updated: June 26, 2015 - Education Week
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

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