Lamar Alexander’s Re-authorization of ESEA

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Anita B. Hoge

Anita B. Hoge

A Preliminary Analysis of the Bill

by Anita Hoge

Source: http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/AEG15033.pdf
This bill was presented twice and referred to committee.

Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015 sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander. This bill amends No Child Left Behind which is the Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 referred to as ESEA.

Pages 3-4 Local Education Area Grants for prevention and intervention of children and youth neglected, delinquent, or at risk.

Page 20 provide for individual students interpretive diagnostic reports refers back to accommodations for children with disabilities (page 21) (Link clause (ii) to Individual student interpretive diagnostic reports)

“produce individual student interpretive, descriptive, and diagnostic reports, consistent with clause (ii), that allow parents, teachers, and principals or other school leaders to understand and address the specific academic needs of students, and include information regarding achievement on assessments….”

Page 22 Clause (ii) -the results would reveal personally identifiable information about an individual student

Page 26 are adaptations for children necessary to meet state standards and with disabilities and defined in IDEA, Individual with Disabilities Education Act.

Page 48 makes FERPA, Family Education Rights in Privacy Act, federal law, which would put Obama’s EO into law, that allows third party contractors to access personally identifiable information on student records and substantiates a longitudinal state data collection system.

Page 58 identifies eligible students in need of services using state standards, assessments and accountability systems and other indicators.

Page 67 refers to school lunch, Medicaid, SSI, Social Security insurance

Page 76 exemptions for schoolwide programs which are exempt from any statutory or regulatory law.

Page 80 children identified by the school as failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the challenging State academic standards on the basis of multiple, educationally related, objective criteria established by the local educational agency and supplemented by the school, except children in preschool through grade 2 shall be selected solely on the basis of such criteria as teacher judgment, interviews with parents, and developmentally appropriate measures.

Page 90 refers to public choice in education with money that will “follow the child”

Page 92 refers to private school and public school equity funding

Page 96 refers to Title I funds that will follow the child (TITLE I FUNDS FOLLOW THE LOW-INCOME CHILD STATE OPTION.)

Page 97 is the identification of eligibility for funds to follow the child

Pages 97-98 private school choice to identify children who are enrolled in private schools

Page 98 is the application of participating children in private schools

Page 101 evaluate student assessment through performance on ASSESSMENTS and tests that are aligned to challenging state standards

Page 111 prevention and intervention of children who are at risk

Page 113 is referred to as specialized student support. See: defined on pages 353 and 354)

Page 114 “vocational” changed to “career” throughout the legislation

Pages 117-118 the Secretary of Education can propose regulations or alternate processes in any event of failure to reach consensus so the secretary can propose regulations that will go through the rulemaking process

Page 121 negotiated rulemaking; the specialized student support

Page 129 redo the teacher education to match state academic standards which Pennsylvania Department of Education has a contract with Pearson, in process of teacher certification toward standards

Page 131 performance pay for teachers and differential and bonus pay will be based on performance

Page 138 improving student behavior and the identification of early and appropriate intervention

Page 142 local education agencies can use funds to evaluate programs and activities and contract with for-profit, nonprofit, or higher Ed third-party contractors

Page140 RTI, Response to Intervention and PBIS, Positive Behavior Intervention, and supports aligns with children with disabilities

Page145 expands the school day and early morning and at night and on in the summer page

Pages 150-151 states or local education agencies can get technical assistance by third-party contractors or the IES, Institute of Education Sciences, this is an arm of the NCES, National Center for Education Statistics, that monitors the national center education statistics database

Page 153 the Secretary can grant waivers

Page 157 teacher pay will be based on measurable increase in student achievement

Page 193 school safety and promoting student physical and mental health well-being

Pages 194-195 school-based mental health services

Page 211 school based mental health services, implements schoolwide PBIS, Positive Behavior Intervention and supports in collaboration with IDEA, Individuals With Disabilities Act.

Page 213 third-party evaluators of supportive school environment for the physical and mental health

Pages 218-266 increased charter schools and the financing of charter schools (this is a huge section on Charter Schools, funding, accountability, set up, etc.)

Page 224 the Secretary can make waivers for charter schools

Page 233 Charter schools must comply with all the requirements for IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, referring to section 504, rehabilitation of “related services.”

Page 250 focus on rural schools being funded to come up to speed with all the accountability measures

Page 353 scientifically valid research defined in HeadStart. (the “Pyramid Model”)

Page 354 SPECIALIZED INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL—The term ‘specialized instructional support personnel’ means school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, and other qualified professional personnel involved in providing assessment, diagnosis, counseling, educational, therapeutic, and other necessary services (including related services as that term is defined in section 602 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) as part of a comprehensive program to meet student needs.

Page 356 is school district can request waivers from the Secretary which will waive any statutory or regulatory requirements

Page 370 third-party corporations contractors direct or can assign responsibility

Page 372 the use of IES, Institute of Education Sciences (which is the NCES,) National Center of Education Statistics, can conduct evaluations for experimental designs

Page 374 the IES, Institute of Education Sciences, NCES, National Center for Education Statistics will carry out all evaluations for Title I. (Title I will identify EVERY CHILD. This is the authority to begin the psychometric census that NAEP wants.)

Page 379 all references to medical records will be changed to health records
(HIPAA will not apply to education records, FERPA will.)

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