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NCLB: Act II

NCLB: Act II is currently on hiatus. For the latest federal developments affecting education, check in with Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil at Politics K-12. (NCLB: Act II ceased publishing in August 2009.)

Education EdWeek's NCLB Articles, Now All in Once Place
Although NCLB Act II is on hiatus, in the meantime, you might be interested in checking out the Spotlight on No Child Left Behind. Education Week's editors have packaged major NCLB articles and commentaries into a downloadable PDF on growth models, graduation rates, supplemental education services, the “differential accountability” pilot project and more. Check it out.
August 6, 2009
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Education NCLB: Act II Takes an Intermission
NCLB: Act II is on hiatus. At some point in the future, it may resume covering developments in the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now known as the No Child Left Behind Act.
Education Week Staff, June 17, 2009
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Education Expect New Rules for Title I on Tuesday
The week before Election Day, Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings put the Bush administration's final stamp on NCLB by publishing new Title I rules. Among other things, the wide-ranging set of rules require states to set a uniform graduation rate and use it to hold high schools accountable; force schools to complete a series of administrative tasks before they redirect money away from tutoring and school choice; and create a minimum "n" size for the number of students in a subgroup needed for that group to be include under NCLB's accountability rules.
March 26, 2009
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Education Following Obama's Call, States Start Redoing Their Tests
President Obama is promising to improve the quality of assessments used under NCLB. Even though he has yet to introduce a detailed plan to reauthorize the law, states are at work on doing just that.
March 25, 2009
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Education Title I Spending Rules Could Use Updating, Influencial Source Says
In the weeks before the election last fall, Robert Gordon published an intriguing essay for the Center for American Progress, where he worked at the time. The title—"More Equity and Less Red Tape"—aptly summarizes what is a nuanced argument delving deeply into complicated rules governing how districts spend Title I money.
March 19, 2009
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Education Debate Over Curriculum Narrowing Continues
The argument that NCLB is narrowing the curriculum is not going away. Here are two items:
March 18, 2009
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Education Districts May Get Wide Discretion Over Title I Money in Stimulus
The debate over Title I setasides may be moot. One simple phrase in the stimulus law may allow districts to spend money from Title I and other federal programs as they choose, without following the rules set in NCLB or other laws. The clause says that states "may use the funds for any activity" authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and other federal laws. See Section 14003 in the law itself.
March 17, 2009
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Education Jump Over to Politics K-12 for NCLB News
The Politics K-12 team has two important posts pertaining to NCLB's future, one about the future of the Bush administration's Title I rules and another about the prospects for national standards in the long term.
March 16, 2009
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Education How 11 Words Could Dramatically Change Proficiency Goal
Back in 2007, the House education committee's "discussion" draft for NCLB reauthorization bill came under fire from many sides. The NEA's opposition to potential pay-for-performance programs drew most of the attention.
March 16, 2009
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Education Growth Models: Not as Simple as They Appear
When experts talk about accountability under NCLB, they agree on one thing: The future lies in growth models. Discussions usually end there, never delving into the complexities of what makes a good growth model, how to design one, or whether they accomplish what NCLB sets out to do.
March 13, 2009
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Education Obama, Duncan Drop Hints of What's in Store for NCLB
President Obama covered a lot of ground in his education speech on Tuesday. He made a brief mention of NCLB, providing a glimpse of his thinking on the law's future. After outlining the need for common standards, Obama said:
March 12, 2009
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Education NCSL Won't Join Rally for National Standards
The governors are for a national effort to set academic standards. So are the chiefs. But don't count on state legislators.
March 10, 2009
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Education Education Department Offers Waivers on Title I Set Asides
The Education Department's guidance on the stimulus is out, and the section on Title I says the Education Department will consider giving districts a break on reserving money for tutoring and school choice.
March 10, 2009
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Education Will Title I Set-Aside Dilute Immediate Impact of Stimulus?
What will happen with the Title I set-asides?
The answer will have big implications on how quickly $2 billion in stimulus money is spent. State and officials are waiting for guidance from the Department of Education, which is expected soon.
March 6, 2009
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