Under NCLB, special education students often lacked resources and were forced to take inappropriate standardized tests. Things are about to change.
Cassie Harrelson of Aurora Public Schools testified June 23 before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce about ESSA.
ESSA elevates arts, social studies, music, and other key subjects, but educators will have to work with lawmakers to ensure that the NCLB era is truly over.
Under ESSA, states have the flexibility to design new accountability systems. Unless educators have a voice in this process, says NEA vice president, the new law could easily falter.
Paraprofessionals and ESPs have come off the sidelines to become part of the decision-making process surrounding the Every Student Succeeds Act.