No Child Left Behind Act Vs. Every Student Succeeds Act Essay

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Mike Jean 12/4/16
EDUC 480B Prof. Boesenberg

No Child Left Behind Act vs. Every Student Succeeds Act

December 10, 2015: We Won, RIP No Child Left Behind!

Headlines such as this one, seen on the American Federation of Teachers newsletter, were commonplace on this momentous day for all involved in the American educational system. Newspapers ranging from the New York Times to the Washington Post, to nearly every small town daily chronicle, celebrated the end of a much-maligned era; that of No Child Left Behind.

On this momentous occasion, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. This measure was meant to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 that was introduced during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society Reform. Most importantly, for Americans, it replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) instituted during the presidency of George W. Bush. The Every Student Succeeds Act was touted by lawmakers for returning power back to the states by taking a more flexible approach to student testing and school accountability. This measure is a step in the efforts to return American to its place as a leader in education worldwide, but this bill is not without its pundits as well.

One of the leaders in the staunch opposition to the Every Student Succeeds Act is none other than Diane Ravitch. Ravitch, a former Undersecretary of Education during the Bush administration, who

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