Today the House education committee passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5) legislation which would reauthorize ESEA. CEC opposed this bill because if enacted exclude many students with disabilities from the accountability system. While H.R. 5 eliminates two provisions which CEC supports removing - (adequate yearly progress and maintains disaggregating student achievement data so that we know how students with disabilities are performing) the list of concerns with the bill is long. Read more about CEC’s response to the Student Success Act.
In order for ESEA reauthorization to become law the House and Senate will have to reconcile the differences between the Student Success Act and the Strengthening America Schools Act (SASA) of 2013 recently passed by the Senate education committee. Because the two bills are dramatically different (see CEC’s summary for SASA) a path forward seems politically challenging. Stay tuned for more updates on the Policy Insider.
For more information, please see the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s summary.