The success of every student in every school, or every child in this world is of utmost importance always. The United States congress recognizes this, and is committed to achieving this goal consistently. Albeit there have been some shortcomings and disagreements between congressional parties, the public, and special interest groups, the goal has remained the same. In an effort to fix some of American education policy issues, congress has decided to revisit the No Child Left Behind law, fix some of the most pressing issues surrounding it, and alleviate the public of a law many have expressed a disaster to the American public education system; a woe that will need to be tactfully orchestrated.
Implemented to bring accountability to the forefront of American education, schools under NCLB were required to meet Adequately Yearly Progress, AYP, by ensuring that the required percentage of students passed required standardized tests. Educators stressed there was an over emphasis of accountability where unachievable goals were required, however rarely met. Terry Beasley, a middle school teacher in Missouri said NCLB was a “terrible business model approach.” Many pundits over the years since NCLB’s implementation, pushed congress to bring a new bill into effect that will bring an end to NCLB’s disastrous plan and usher in a plan that will ensure the success of every child. Recently the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as the Every Child Achieves Act. This bill, Every Child Achieves Act, eliminates portions of NCLB that included AYP, and bring into effect the providing of greater access to early childhood education and a NEA platform, Opportunity Dashboard, that includes a list of new accountability measures states would follow as indicators of school quality and student success. These new accountability measures would include access to advanced coursework, fine arts, and regular physical education programs. The bill also included numerous amendments, such as making career and technical education a core subject and protecting student data privacy.
Controversy over voucher programs were mentioned during the congressional session where amendments failed authorizing funds for such programs, and the House of Representatives recently passed its own version of ESEA, called the Student Success Act. Hence, the HOR with their own version of a reauthorization in effect, both houses of congress will have to come together and hash out a bill meeting the concerns of both houses before anything can be sent to the White House.
Commitment and dedication should be at the heart of every living constituent of the world’s education system. America’s role in rehashing their education policy programs is important as the world looks on during the sunset of No Child Left Behind. Will Every Child Achieves Act or Student Success Act be the answer? The world will soon find out as congress continues to meet to negotiate reauthorization measures of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.