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House Votes to Shift ‘No Child Left Behind’ Oversight to States
New York Times | 7/19/13
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Despite Common Core, States Still Lack Common Standards
Education Next |Fall 2013
On Friday, the House passed a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind that would shift accountability from the federal government to the states. Under the bill, states and districts can develop their own standards and accountability systems, with no federal mandates on targets for student achievement. In an article appearing in the Fall 2013 issue of Ed Next, Paul Peterson and Peter Kaplan look at the wide variation in where states set the bar for student proficiency today, despite efforts to get all states to set high standards. They find that state standards declined in rigor in 26 states and the District of Columbia between 2009 and 2011.