Aug 07, 2016 09:35 AM EDT
States Make Education A Priority, Accountability On Education Domain
The United States makes education a priority and ensures that the federal government holds the accountability on the education domain. This is the passing of the bill which governs the K-12 public education policy, The Every Student Succeeds Act that has been passed in December of 2015.
With the goal to enhance the one-dimensional accountability system of the No Child Left Behind Act, an act of congress which focuses on the provisions for the disadvantaged students, the Obama administration unveils the more personalized system of check and balances through ESSA.
Since its implementation, states were given funding for the NCLB. In order for them to regularly receive such funding, states had to develop assessment materials and distribute it to schools who will conduct the assessment on the students to gauge their basic skills.
Since the assessment materials were developed by each state, the risk of it not coming up to the national achievement standard was at hand.
NCLB also made a way for almost every parent to have access to the frequency of information which was a big hand to schools as they have found partners through the informed parents in thinking of solutions to bridge the gap between the education and the disadvantaged students.
However, Chris Minnich, Council of Chief State School Officers executive director spoke at the Brookings Institution accountability event last week that transparency exercise was not enough. The education system needed something that will not just reveal the problem but will also suggest ways on how to deal with them, The US News reported.
Minnich believes that the promise ESSA provides is what exactly is needful for the hour. It promised to not just let the information accessible to all but to also provide and aid teachers and schools with strategies on how to bring their students to the national achievement standard.
It is not telling them that they did not make it to where they should be but showing them the way to get there and making the complex matters appear easier to them, The US Education Department reported.
For more discussions on Every Student Succeeds and No Child Left Behind Policy, watch this video.
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