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December 08, 2015

No more 'No Child Left Behind?'

The U.S. Senate is set to vote on compromise legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, Tuesday

The U.S. Senate is set to vote Tuesday on compromise legislation to replace the reviled ‘No Child Left Behind Act.'

The House overwhelmingly passed the revision bipartisan bill Monday, coined the Every Student Succeeds Act.  

According to, the new bill keeps annual standardized testing, but allows states to decide score targets and when and how to intervene in schools. 

In addition, 'Every Student Succeeds Act' would be based on “factors beyond testing," such as "student engagement," said.

On a conference call Monday, New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez (both D) pledged their support of the bill.

According to CBS Philly, Booker called it “a compromise that reaffirms the federal government’s commitment to supporting student, teacher, and school success, while turning the page on the overly prescriptive No Child Left Behind era that so many people in New Jersey — policymakers, teachers, parents, and even student-activists themselves — have been working against.”

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, who was also on the call, said it “would help New Jersey end both the achievement and opportunity gaps,” PolitickerNJ reports.

If it clears the Senate, the bill will land on the President’s desk, and Obama has already indicated he’ll sign it.