WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 9, 2015
On Wednesday, February 11 at 10:00 a.m., the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. John Kline (R-MN), will mark up the Student Success Act (H.R. 5). The markup will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
There is broad, bipartisan agreement the current elementary and secondary education law, known as No Child Left Behind, is no longer meeting the needs of all students. One of five students do not receive a high school diploma and, of those who do, too few have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in postsecondary education and compete in the workforce.
To replace No Child Left Behind and improve education, Chairman Kline and Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Chairman Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced the Student Success Act. The legislation will reduce the federal footprint and restore local control, while empowering parents and education leaders to hold schools accountable for effectively teaching students.
H.R. 5 – STUDENT SUCCESS ACT:
- Replaces the current national accountability scheme based on high stakes tests with state-led accountability systems, returning responsibility for measuring student and school performance to states and school districts.
- Ensures parents continue to have the information they need to hold local schools accountable.
- Consolidates more than 65 ineffective, duplicative, and unnecessary programs into a Local Academic Flexible Grant, helping schools better support students.
- Protects state and local autonomy over decisions in the classroom by preventing the Secretary of Education from coercing states into adopting Common Core or any other common standards or assessments, as well as reining in the secretary’s regulatory authority.
- Empowers parents with more school choice options by continuing support for magnet schools and expanding charter school opportunities, as well as allowing Title I funds to follow low-income children to the traditional public or charter school of the parent’s choice.
- Strengthens existing efforts to improve student performance among targeted student populations, including English learners and homeless children.
To learn more about the Student Success Act, click here.
To learn more about the markup, visit www.edworkforce.house.gov/markups.
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