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U.S. Education System Gets a Makeover

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Education, Behavioral Health, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ObamaSigned into law by President Obama in December 2015, our education is getting a makeover with the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act. What are the significant changes and improvements that are in the newly reauthorized law, especially in contrast to No Child Left Behind?

Here's a rundown of what to expect.

  • The biggest difference all districts will notice is in a change in standardized testing, which was an important component to No Child Left Behind. Whereas the former bill used federal standardized testing, the new bill with focus on state standards to administer tests, while introducing multiple measures to understand success solely outside of performance-based tests. An innovative local assessment pilot will instead be administered as well. Dedicated funding and support will also be provided for low-performing schools that struggle with test scores and drop out rates. This way, all schools can improve, versus only rewarding successful schools.

  • In addition, the bill aims to increase access to quality preschool to more people, which can help with early childhood development and education. With a focus on college and career preparedness, this bill will help with the long-term successful development of a student's education, from pre-school to high school.

  • You'll also find that all schools will be required to teach at rigorous academic standards. Instead of going to private or charter schools, the higher academic standards will give all students access to rigorous courses and curriculums. It will also help all students be prepared for college or careers after high school.

Overall, the new bipartisan bill will overhaul education, and will promise a very different outlook and environment on education in America. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Behavioral Health and Education sections of our blog.

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