A conference committee has been working to resolve the differences associated with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. The conference committee has just released the final text of the compromise bill, which is now entitled the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/every_student_succeeds_act_-_conference_report.pdf
This proposed compromise bill:
- Shifts more power to the states concerning education
- Maintains annual testing but removes punishments for struggling schools
- Empowers states to set up their own accountability systems to measure improvement and devise their own ways to address achievement gaps
- Eliminates the federal regulation that required the use of test scores in evaluating teachers
- Judges schools on test scores, as well as additional indicators (e.g., student engagement, safety, and access to advanced course work)
- Includes language concerning school libraries
The House is expected to vote on this bill later this week, followed by the Senate. To ensure that the Conference Report comes up for a vote, please contact your Representative to ask for an immediate vote on the ESSA Conference Report and every member of Congress’ support.
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TALE’s Advocacy Development Committee