New headway made on No Child Left Behind Act
Fifteen years have blown by since the last time No Child Left Behind was updated. That’s a significant period of time when we are talking about the treatment of our students in every school of the nation.
It looks like an update may still be on the horizon, though. The United States Senate approved changes to the law last week, a move that finally sets up negotiations with the U.S. House on updating the federal law on education.
“The Senate-passed measure would prohibit the federal government from setting performance targets or requiring specific standards such as the Common Core curriculum. It would make states responsible for establishing systems of accountability, including how much weight should be put on testing to determine whether schools are succeeding.”
According to ReviewJournal.com, the bill faces critics that believe it doesn’t reach far into to help “minorities and low-income students.”
It is highly unlikely that the Senate’s bill will end up being passed as the final version as there is too much wrangling left to do with the House.
But besides that point, what may catch the eye of educators as they follow along with the progress of No Child Left Behind is how heavily it leans on allowing states the make final decisions on education.
Instead of receiving direction from the federal government, each state may end up having the ability to create policy surrounding how it decides to approach education. If you think about it, that is a scary prospect and would go completely against the idea of national standards.
Even that, though, is sure to change before the final version actually passes.