no child left behind

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt testified on Thursday before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, discussing the commonwealth’s implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his list of the top stories he'll be watching in 2016.

1. The New Federal Education Law

"In some places, tests — and preparation for them — are dominating the calendar and culture of schools and causing undue stress for students and educators."

The quote comes not from an angry parent or firebrand school leader but from Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Of course, he's the guy currently in charge of a big chunk of those tests: the No Child Left Behind requirement of annual standardized testing in grades 3-8, plus once during grades 10-12.

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Feb 9, 2012 / Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Kentucky Politics:

Kentucky's Senate approved a bill today that allows individual school districts to decide whether to raise the dropout age and requires participating schools to have alternative education programs.

The Kentucky Department of Education announced today the state will receive a waiver from some parts of the No Child Left Behind Law. State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday says this means the state can use its newly developed accountability model to report progress to the US government. Federal legislators are attempting to rework the controversial law, but President Obama bypassed Congress, allowing states to apply for the waivers.