Education Week provides a primer on the elements of the bipartisan Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently before the U.S. Senate.
According to the article, among other things, the new version of the Act would:
- Provide some flexibility on testing through a limited pilot program that allows states and school districts to develop innovative assessments;
- Not include any provision allowing Title I dollars for low-income students to follow them to the school of their choice;
- Specifically prohibit the federal government from pushing the Common Core State Standards;
- Eliminate the No Child Left Behind Act waiver requirement that states develop and implement teacher-evaluation systems (though they could if they wanted);
- List early-childhood education as an allowable use of funding for a broad swath of programs in the ESEA.
For more information, read the whole article from Education Week here.