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U.S. Lawmakers to Revisit NCLB Rewrite Mid April

U.S. Lawmakers to Revisit NCLB Rewrite Mid April

U.S. lawmakers have confirmed that the Senate Education Committee is making progress toward rewriting No Child Left Behind, and expects to have it ready by the middle of April 2015.

"During the last several weeks we have been working together to build the base for legislation to fix the problems with No Child Left Behind," according to a joint statement from the senators in an article on THEJournal.com. "We are making significant progress in our negotiations. We are aiming to consider and markup legislation to fix the law during the week of April 13th."

According to the article, Senator Lamar Alexander "made rewriting the 13-year-old law a priority for the committee when he took over as chairman early this year."

"No Child Left Behind has become unworkable — and fixing this law, which expired over seven years ago, will be the first item on the agenda for the Senate education committee," Alexander said at the time, while also releasing draft legislation, the article said.

The article said that "Alexander is seeking to reduce the role of the federal government in K-12 education, telling the Washington Post in January, 'The Secretary of Education has told states what their standards should be, what tests should be used, how to evaluate teachers, how to intervene in low-performing schools. I want to reverse that.'"

"Testing requirements of No Child Left Behind may be one area of significant change, with Alexander offering two options — one that would maintain the requirement to test annually in grades 3-8 and once in high school and another that would allow local education agencies to decide if students will take the standardized tests," the article said.

According to the article Ranking Member Patty Murray, said "she wants to keep the testing requirements, as do Education Secretary Arne Duncan and President Obama, but eliminate tests administered by states and local agencies."

"In a statement on the Senate floor early this year, Murray said 'we need to work to reduce redundant and unnecessary testing so educators focus on preparing students for college and their career, and also ensures we know how all our students are progressing,'" the article said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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