President Obama signs Every Student Succeeds Act into law
No Child Left Behind is no more as President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law last Thursday.
The bill basically undoes No Child Left Behind and makes major changes to federal education policy.
According to Vox.com, “[t]he federal government will no longer require schools to make progress toward a national education goal. And it won’t tell states what to do with schools that aren’t succeeding.”
That’s a major change as the federal government formerly dictated how states were to teach its students.
That changes as well as how teacher performance is evaluated. States will have the ability to individually appraise how well its teachers are doing performance wise.
Another alteration under the new law will allow states “to come up with their own way to determine the quality of their local schools.”
This means that test scores are no longer the sole deciding factor for school performance. Vox.com notes that other factors will be taken into account, such as “parent involvement, student surveys, measures of school safety, or even whether students have “grit.”
If anything, this new law shows that a one-size fits all approach to education didn’t work. While Every Student Succeeds Act will not fix all issues with education and still has its flaws, it is a step in the right direction