Description: This passage mainly talks about every student succeeds act, unpacking the details of the new law and the significance for schools, educators, and students. It will make changes in education by testing low-performing schools and teachers qualities.
You’ve probably heard of No Child Left Behind. The federal education law has been on the books since 2002. The era of No Child Left Behind that is hated by a lot of people is over. The Every Student Succeeds Act has replacement. There are a lot of questions about how ESSA works.
How is the No Child Left Behind Act? No Child Left Behind puts a lot of power in the hands of the federal government and we’re a big group on the block. ESSA seeks to roll that back. Hitting states and school districts is the chance to call the shots on things like testing teacher quality and fixing failing schools.
No Child Left Behind is working. This bill makes long overdue fixes to the last education. Do kids still have to take tests every year? Yes, kids still have to take yearly tests in reading and math in grades three through eight plus one time in high school. Schools still have to report test scores.
How does SR rate schools differently? Even though kids still have to take those yearly tests, I also want States to look at a broader range of factors. States have to pick at least one. Other indicator id to see whether kids have the opportunity to access to advanced coursework and school climate.
Asset gets States a lot more flexibility when it comes to test themselves. Districts could decide that high school kids use the SAT or the ACT instead of the state exam. Under ESSA, a handful of states can experiment with new forms of testing, allowing students to work together on performance tasks instead of filling in the bubble tests that we’re all used to.
Which requirement does ESSA have for teachers? Under No Child Left Behind, teachers have to be highly qualified. That means that they have to have a bachelor’s degree in the subject they were teaching. A few years ago, the Education Department gave States some wiggle room on that requirement, as long as they promise to evaluate teachers in part based on students’ test scores. As it ended up, a lot of teachers found that frustrating was hard to get those evaluations.
Under the new law, States are in the driver’s seat when it comes to teachers. They can decide if they want to stick with highly qualified for those evaluations based on test scores, but they don’t have to do either. What is SSA about the common core? States must set standards to get students ready for college without the need to take remedial courses.
The federal government can’t tell States what their standards should be nor encourage them to adopt a certain set of standards including the common core. What does SSA about low-performing students? States will still have to identify and fix the bottom 5% of schools and those with high dropout rates. I already saw those schools. It won’t be fully in place until the 2017-2018 school year.
Many of the decisions about how to judge students’ performances, improve schools’ and old teachers’ accountability are going to be made by states and districts. If they choose to stick what they’re doing now, things aren’t going to change. If they go off in a very different direction, you can see big changes.