Congress closer to passing new ESEA

A Congressional conference committee has approved a bill to revise the No Child Left Behind law signed by President George W. Bush 14 years ago. News media report that the bill allows states to decide whether or how to use student test performance data, especially as they apply to teacher evaluations. It also prohibits the federal government from requiring the use of a particular set of standards, such as the Common Core. It does, however, retain a provision allowing states the power to intervene in the operations of the nation’s lowest-performing 5 percent of schools.