EdSec Spellings’ increasingly fleshed-out ideas about a new AYP system described in today’s USA Today have at least two obvious purposes. The first is to remind the public -- and Congress -- how much more they’ll like the “new” NCLB, which ostensibly will have growth models, tutoring before choice, and all sorts of other bells and whistles that folks have been clamoring for since nearly the start. A “just missed” category for schools missing AYP by a subgroup falls into the same category, and helps Spellings make the case that NCLB should be reauthorized before it’s too late (ie, politics takes over). But it also reminds us that Spellings has made all sorts of changes to the law without any statutory changes -- waivers, pilots, back-room deals. Could she implement this latest notion without a new law? If so, it won’t be long before everyone realizes: who needs a reauthorization?
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