Congress Approves Education Law Rewrite

Every Student Succeeds

Those working in the Education field are getting some great news because a rewrite of current education laws is happening. The Senate voted on Wednesday to end strict federal control over schools, and will rewrite K through 12 education policies. President Barack Obama is set to sign the bipartisan bill, which will replace the old education landmark known as No Child Left Behind. In its place, will be the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will focus less on standardized testing, while making states responsible for fixing any underperforming schools.

Vote by Congress to pass the new law

The bill was first passed by the House last week, with a vote of 359- 64. After, the bill went to the Senate, with a vote of 85-12, which will be passed onto President Barack Obama to sign. Officials from the White House say that Obama does plan to sign the bill Thursday morning. This is the first major rewrite since former President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001. This view of teaching hasn’t worked for quite some time, as it focuses too much on punishing schools for poor performance on academic testing. It expired in 2007, but a rewrite was never in the works until recently. One key feature that will remain the same with the new Every Student Succeeds Act, is that students will be required to take statewide reading and math exams, but the government will not have a major role in setting academic standards, or penalizing schools for missing achievement goals. This will be up to the particular state to determine.

States have more control over education

Now states will have more control over improving schools in need. The Every Student Succeeds Act would require states to improve schools in the bottom 5 percent, high schools with graduation rates lower than 67 percent, and schools where subgroups of students are consistently falling behind. It would be up to local leaders to change education for the better, in their own state. Because students are still required to take state testing, a new set of standards was created for students. The new law also allows the state to choose whether they would like to implement Common Core academic standards into the curriculum. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding Common Core, and it will be interesting to see how each state decides to move forward with those set of standards for education.

Educators thrilled with the new law

Educators and others working in the field of Education were delighted that the bill will be signed into Law. The No Child Left Behind Act was outdated, and was just not working because it focused too much on testing. Educators now have the opportunity to sample new methods for assessing achievement of students. Republicans and Democrats actually worked together to come up with an agreement when it comes to educational laws, which were much needed in the United States. The ultimate goal is to make sure our students are prepared to enter adulthood, and compete globally with others their age. With the Every Student Succeeds Acts, the goal is in the name, that every student be given the opportunity to succeed!