'No Child Left Behind' Overhaul in the Works

2014 deadline for bringing all students to proficiency to be ditched
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2010 4:10 AM CST
Updated Feb 1, 2010 6:36 AM CST
President Obama walks into a classroom to have a discussion with 6th grade students at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church, Va. last month.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – The Obama administration is planning a sweeping overhaul of the Child Left Behind law to create a new model for how schools are judged to be succeeding or failing. The White House plans to change parts of the law educators have found most objectionable and award more federal money based on academic perfomance instead of number of students, educators briefed on the administration's plans tell the New York Times.

"They were very clear with us that they would change the metric, dropping adequate yearly progress and basing a new system on another picture of performance based on judging schools in a more nuanced way" than the current pass-or-fail system," a director of the American Association for School Administrators says. The administration also plans to ditch the 2014 deadline for making every American child academically proficient and instead focus on ensuring all students leave high school "college or career ready."

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