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Education Secretary Defends ESSA Implementation Before Senate Committee

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McClatchyDC reports on Secretary John King’s Wednesday appearance before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, at which Republicans “strongly criticized” him for having “failed to follow the intent” of ESSA. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Richard Burr (R-NC) were quoted saying that the bill was clear in its language and the department was not following it.

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Senators Announce Bipartisan Agreement to Update Federal Education Law

Students would still take annual standardized tests, but states would have much more control in how the results are used to scrutinize schools under a bipartisan plan to update the No Child Left Behind education law announced Tuesday by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, in a joint press release issued with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) the committee’s senior Democrat.

The senators announced an April 14 hearing on their proposal, which Alexander and Murray have worked on behind closed doors for months. Among the issues they’ve grappled with is whether to maintain annual testing requirements for all students in reading and math in grades three to eight and again in high school. Their plan keeps those requirements, but allows states to determine the weight of those tests in how they judge schools. Continue reading Senators Announce Bipartisan Agreement to Update Federal Education Law