How to Make Sense of Proposed Changes to ESEA


A new ASCD chart (PDF) helps make sense of pending legislative efforts to reform the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), now five years overdue for reauthorization. The useful tool provides a detailed side-by-side comparison of the current law, the changes proposed by each of the bills passed by the respective Senate and House education committees, and the Obama administration’s waiver plan.

Organized into five major categories (standards/assessments, accountability, teacher and leader effectiveness, school improvement, and funding), the chart breaks down each aspect of the pending changes and provides ASCD’s positions on key provisions. In recent months, ASCD’s Capitol Connection e-newsletter has reported on the specifics of the proposals introduced by committee leaders in the Senate and House as well as the moves made by the Department of Education. This chart provides a comprehensive synthesis of the important changes that could soon be made to ESEA.

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