Every Student Succeeds Act
No Child Left Behind has now been replaced with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here are some resources to get you up to speed.
This article by David Kirp, originally published in The New York Times, explains why No Child Left Behind failed and what the new law means. Hint, the balance of power in education moves away from Washington and back to the states.
This Brookings Institution post looks at the Every Student Succeeds Act and how it requires that states and districts use evidence-based interventions to support school improvement. But educators have noted that this kind of research is not as useful as it could be because it is conducted in settings that may differ from theirs. Another kind of research — known as improvement science — operates in local contexts of districts and schools, but cannot be done everywhere due to lack of personnel and funding. This post looks at these issues and how to address the issue of limited resources.
Dr. Lisa Andrejko summarizes the key parts of the bill and predicts the bottom line of each.
Here's a link to the full text of the bill, including all 131 sections.
While not light reading (but great for an April Fools joke on your class), it can be useful to show how complex the work of Congress and the government has become and why it's so hard to "just get things done".
The bill includes everything, from ...
- Magnet Schools Assistance (Sections 4401-4409),
- Community Support For School Success (Sections 4621-4625),
- Report On Native American Language Medium Education (Section 6005),
- Report On Student Home Access To Digital Learning Resources (Section 9210), to
- Additional Conforming Amendments To Other Laws (Section 9215).
This is another review of the act, looking at it's positive effects on afterschool and summer learning programs for K through 12th grade students, including STEM afterschool programs.