In 2010, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) reported a four year graduation rate of a mere 52%. The same year, 18 major Los Angeles institutions including the Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and local institutions of higher education formed the L.A. Compact. The partners identify pressing education issues, and work together to leverage resources to execute solutions with a measurable impact.
The future of Republican-backed legislation to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act remains cloudy—even after the House education committee gave a pair of measures its seal of approval last week. The two bills, both introduced by U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the committee, would give states much more running room in K-12 policy, a 180-degree pivot from the current version of the law, the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act.
Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, introduced a pair of bills that would dramatically change the role of the federal government in K–12 education. The two newest components of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) would dismantle the federal accountability pillars laced within the decade-old No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The House Education and the Workforce Committee recently released two pieces of draft legislation designed to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act were written in an effort to reduce the Federal Government’s role in education by returning authority to the states.
Teachers make a huge impact on their students. Now a multi-decade study suggests that teachers who raise their students’ standardized test scores have a lasting positive effect on their students’ lives well beyond the classroom. A new study by Harvard professors Raj Chetty and John Friedman and Columbia professor Jonah Rockoff found evidence that those students whose teachers were considered highly effective in grade school have greater college matriculation and adult earnings.
No Child Left Behind turned 10 this week, and former President George W. Bush, who led the effort to enact the landmark federal education law, marked the anniversary with an exclusive interview with TIME education columnist Andrew J. Rotherham. Bush discussed the law and its legacy, criticized both parties for trying to walk away from its hard-nosed accountability efforts and called on President Obama to resist “the temptation to take the easy path.”
In submitting a request for a NCLB waiver, a state educational agency (SEA) must “meaningfully engage and solicit input from diverse stakeholders and communities in the development of its request.” The application specifically says that “business organizations” are among these stakeholders. In further guidance to states, the department noted that “ideally, an SEA will solicit input from stakeholders … and will strengthen its request by revising it based on this input.”
Considerable discussion in the education press has taken place regarding waivers—and for good reason. States awarded these waivers will essentially be allowed to rewrite a major portion of NCLB—at least until Congress takes action. Because these waivers are so significant, it’s worth looking at the fundamentals.
Since 1994, federal law has required states to establish standards and assessments that measure student mastery of those standards, and to identify and assist Title I schools that did not make sufficient progress. In 2001, when the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was passed, these requirements were strengthened. And for the first time, schools and districts were held accountable for ensuring that all students reach proficiency in math and reading by the 2013–2014 school year.
Readers who spend their time outside of the D.C. beltway or don’t live and breathe federal K–12 education seven days a week, may feel a little like a visitor to the United Nations when listening to the discussions heat up over the renewal (also called reauthorization, or rewrite) of No Child Left Behind (which is really the current name of a 1965 law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act). To assist, we have compiled a list of frequently used terms. While not exhaustive, it may help at least delay the headache that comes with squinting endlessly at acronyms.