Both the House and Senate have passed proposed authorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, and both House and Senate versions have opt-out provisions that allow for states to avoid being penalized for students whose parents opt them out of federally-mandated testing.
That’s right: Both House and Senate versions of the ESEA reauthorization provide a means for students who opt out to not be counted against the “95 percent” that the state is supposed to test as a condition for receiving Title I funding.
They just go about it differently.
I realize all of this can be difficult to follow. In this post, I hope to make the issue clear.
Opt-out and ECAA
Here’s how the parental opt-out provision works in the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) of 2015:
Paragraph (2) of Title I, entitled, “Academic Assessments,” (page 36 of the ECAA draft linked…
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