In a speech last week to a variety of stakeholders, Secretary Arne Duncan stated the department is at the beginning states of the rewriting No Child Left Behind and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The department is seeking ideas, suggestions and recommendations for changes and improvements. In his speech, Duncan said that the NCLB law has significant flaws and that he looks forward to working with Congress to address the law’s problems. He said the law puts too much emphasis on standardized tests, unfairly labels many schools as failures, and doesn’t account for students’ academic growth in its accountability system.
“This can’t wait, “he said. “This next version of Federal K-12 Law should drive school reforms that prepare students for success.”
Read Secretary Duncan’s entire prepared speech.
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