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President Barack Obama Signs Every Student Succeeds Act

11 DEC 2015
Career Path : Education News

On Thursday, President of the United States Barack Obama signed an act that will change education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has replaced the former 13-year-old No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

ESSA, the new bipartisan bill, maintains the standardized testing schedule that was created by its predecessor (NCLB); however, it allows for states to design their own accountability systems for measuring success.

NBC News reports that this new law would “end more than a decade of what critics have derided as one-size-fits-all federal policies dictating accountability and improvement for the nation’s 100,000 or so public schools.”

This new bill will essentially limit the role of the federal government and the Education Department, by preventing them from telling states how to evaluate the performance of both students and teachers.

President Obama referred to the bill as a “Christmas miracle,” telling Sen. Lamar that Alexander (a chief architect of the ESSA Act) that they should “do this more often.”


Source: NBC News