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Fundamentally Different

At a hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce questioned Acting Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. about how the Department of Education plans to implement the law in a manner consistent with the letter and intent of the law. Focusing on school accountability, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) asked Dr. King about the steps the department will take to respect the role of state and local leaders – and follow restrictions ESSA places on the federal government – in evaluating school performance.



With the Every Student Succeeds Act, Congress has repealed the one-size-fits-all, federally-mandated school accountability system and replaced it with a state-led accountability system. States are now free to establish their own goals for academic achievement and their own methods for gauging student performance. …

The issue of accountability can be extremely complex but it is also vitally important. The top-down approach we’ve experienced over the last decade and more did not work. Congress promised a fundamentally different approach in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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