While the special education community awaits reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) could have positive impacts on special education, students with disabilities, and possibly the IDEA itself. In this blog post, Teri Marx says that without explicitly addressing the needs of students of with disabilities, ESSA demands that states improve student performance and prepare all students for college and careers.
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11 Feb 2016
Did Congress make the right fixes to the rules governing funding for teaching and learning in ESSA? Kind of, according to AIR expert Jane Coggshall, in this blog post.
31 Jul 2015
Since its passage 50 years ago, Title I has embodied the nation’s enduring commitment to educational equity and opportunity. The recently passed Senate reauthorization continues the $14 billion appropriation for Title I— nearly a tenth of all school funding and a remarkable federal investment in educational equity. Yet, ultimately, argues Elizabeth Grant, Title I may be more influential as a policy vehicle than a funding stream.
23 Jul 2015
Both the House and Senate revisions of the Elementary and Secondary School Act are moving toward giving states far more responsibility for setting student achievement standards than did the last ESEA reauthorization—the 2001 No Child Left Behind. As Congress wrestles with a final version of the bill, it would do well to examine what we’ve learned about state-set standards under NCLB. In this blog post, George Bohrnstedt explains how NAEP can help.
21 Apr 2015
As ESEA turns 50 this month, the time is ripe to rethink whether the “E” in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is the best place to start. In this blog post, Susan Muenchow discusses the robust research that reveals students are most successful when they get a good jumpstart prior to elementary school.
2 Apr 2015
Title II, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act aims to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. In this blog post, Jane Coggshall describes her recommendations to ensure that states, regions, and districts work more strategically both to develop individual teachers and leaders and to develop—and continuously improve—whole schools and districts.
15 Jan 2015
The 114th Congress needs to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—but this time, no silver bullets or artificial deadlines. As Sara Wraight argues in this blog post, real education reform will take many years, and it’s time to go long.
12 Jan 2015
Our Education Policy Center's Up for Vote blog series explores much needed Congressional action to reauthorize the framework legislation for federal education policy. Our recommendations reflect years of research and direct work with states and districts to improve schooling.