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    Indiana, Common Core, and a Great Opportunity to Reverse Course

    Indiana has a great opportunity to implement education standards that are “written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high,” as Governor Mike Pence (R) wants to do. One option for doing this would be to re-adopt Indiana’s prior state standards. Before the advent of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), … More

    No Child Left Behind Turns 12

    Yesterday marks a dozen years since No Child Left Behind became law. Yesterday was also notable because the groundwork for NCLB’s legislative predecessor, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was laid 50 years ago as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” and “Great Society” initiatives. While ESEA wouldn’t … More

    Kansas Reclaims Control of Testing, Drops Common Core Assessments

    Last week, Kansas decided to drop the Common Core–aligned Smarter Balanced tests in favor of having the University of Kansas craft the assessments that Kansas students will take beginning in the 2015–2016 school year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports: After hours of in-depth discussion, the Kansas State Board of Education voted … More

    Chart of the Week: How Many Edu-crats Does Your State Have?

    Federal laws and regulations such as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) levy a mighty bureaucratic compliance burden on state departments of education. A recent report conducted by The Heritage Foundation finds that state departments of education on average have 142 employees per million state residents. To manage the decades of … More

    No Child Left Behind Waivers: Tethers to the Feds

    The Obama Administration is pushing new No Child Left Behind (NCLB) “flexibility” waiver extensions on states. While the Administration couches the waivers as “relief” from the unworkable mandates of NCLB, in reality the strings-attached policy would grow federal intervention into education in an unprecedented way. In 2011, the U.S. Department … More

    Poll Reveals "A Nation Confused" on Common Core National Standards

    A bundle of federal incentives encouraged 45 states to adopt Common Core national standards and tests. But a new poll shows that most Americans have no idea what the Common Core is—even though it will have major ramifications for their children and their tax dollars. Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup … More

    Rewrite of No Child Left Behind Passes House

    The House has just passed the Student Success Act (SSA), a proposal sponsored by Representatives John Kline (R–MN) and Todd Rokita (R–IN) to rewrite the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The proposal aims to fix some of NCLB’s most egregious policy flaws. Importantly, the proposal would eliminate Adequate … More

    Evaluating Education Policy in the Student Success Act

    The House will debate the Student Success Act over the next week, which provides a few good first steps toward limiting burdensome federal intervention in education. But in its current form, the proposal has some serious policy limitations. On the positive side, the bill would eliminate some of the most … More

    A-PLUS: A Conservative Alternative to NCLB

    On Thursday, lawmakers in both the House and the Senate introduced a conservative alternative to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Academic Partnerships Lead Us to Success Act (A-PLUS) would allow states to completely opt out of the programs that fall under NCLB and empower state and local leaders to … More

    Kline and Rokita Unveil Rewrite of No Child Left Behind

    House Education and the Workforce Committee chairman John Kline (R–MN) and Representative Todd Rokita (R–IN) have introduced the Student Success Act (SSA)—a proposal to rewrite No Child Left Behind (NCLB). While restoring excellence in education will require more than a fix to the bureaucratic NCLB, Kline’s proposal makes some improvements … More