On June 13th, 2011 the Obama Administration asked congress to send a new education law by fall. According to David Jackson, USA Today reporter, the Obama administration was tired of waiting for Congress to pass a new education bill, and the President’s administration was forced to move forward.
The new law will put into effect a waiver system for states that protest to the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Law. Schools will get some reprieve from meeting impending testing deadlines, as long as they are embracing certain education reforms, such as raising standards and focusing on fixing the lowest performing schools.
Many states are eager to address the U.S education challenge, and have begun to adopt the new education law, adding interventional and remediation in earlier grades. According to Muskogee Oklahoma, Oklahoma kindergarten through third grade reading teachers will incorporate “the five elements of reading” into their teaching. Students who do not read at grade level at the end of the third grade cannot move on to the fourth.
Sarah Schilling, The News Tribune staff writer, reported that Washington Superintendent Randy Dorn stated that the No Child Left Behind law requires that an increasing number of students pass the state tests in reading and math. Dorn believes Congress needs to fix the flawed education law, and will consider asking for the Obama administration waiver.