House passes GOP-backed revision of No Child Left Behind
No Child Left Behind included a requirement that all students be proficient in reading and math by 2014. When that proved virtually impossible, the Obama administration granted waivers to states in exchange for assurances that they’d adopt college- or work-ready standards for high school graduates and would evaluate teachers at least in part on the basis of achievement test scores.
Republicans objected. The House bill would ban the Department of Education from imposing conditions on waivers.
Among the House bill’s supporters were the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators. Both of the major teachers’ unions opposed it, as did advocacy groups such as the First Focus Campaign for Children and The Education Trust.