Round-Up: The Reauthorization of ESEA

September 30, 2011

In changes and efforts to reauthorize ESEA, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration has waived the cornerstone requirements of the act, including the 2014 deadline that all students be proficient in math and language arts. It will give states the freedom to set their own student-achievement goals, and design their own interventions for failing schools.  In exchange for this flexibility, the administration will require states to adopt college- and career-ready standards and create guidelines for teacher evaluations based in part on student performance. 

As these and other changes to ESEA come about, organizations have spoken up and out about what they want from the administration and ESEA.  We've rounded up these reactions and analyses  here--check back as we update as thoughts stream in.

Speaking Out! President Obama to Bypass Parts of "No Child Left Behind"
Voices for America's Children

The Education Trust's ESEA Agenda
The Education Trust

Tell Congress Not to Leave Latino Children Behind!
National Council of La Raza


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