Arne Duncan Seeking to "Limit the Authority of the States" on Testing

November, 2014

Sadly, as with many other areas of life, the current administration is seeking to further erode the sovereignty of states to make the decisions that are they are constitutionally empowered to do.  The latest outrage in education is recently released new rules from the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding alternative testing.  The abstract is quite alarming:

The Secretary will amend the regulations governing title I, part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), to phase out the authority of States to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards in order to satisfy ESEA accountability requirements. These amendments will permit, as a transitional measure, States that meet certain criteria to continue to administer alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement standards and include the results in accountability determinations, subject to limitations on the number of proficient scores that may be counted, for a limited period of time.  (Emphasis added)

Full analysis and action plan will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!

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