End of update.
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the revamped NCLB/ECAA:
The U.S. Senate passed an amendment by Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to the “Every Child Achieves Act” that aims to inform parents about opting out of standardized testing.
Isakson’s amendment, which was passed by a unanimous vote Tuesday, would require any local educational agency that receives federal Title I funds to notify parents of each student attending school that they may request information regarding any state or local policy, procedure, or parental right regarding participation in mandated assessments.
During debate on the amendment, Isakson, who was chairman of the Georgia Board of Education from 1997-99, took to the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to support his amendment.
“Every parent has the right to know whether or not the state allows an opt-out or not” from standardized testing, Isakson said. “That way, if a state does not allow the ability for parents to opt their child out of testing, then it is a parent’s right as a citizen to go to the Board of Education to voice their opinion and ask for an opt-out.”
The Committee also said yes to an amendment from Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin:
"...to allow States to use federal funds to audit the number and quality of tests administered"
Other amendments adopted would:
- Change the Title II formula so that funds are distributed to States differently, with 80% of funds going out on the basis of poverty and 20% on the basis of population;
- Open the door to more computer-adaptive and other types of assessments;
- Restore the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Advanced Placement, and Javits Gifted and Talented programs (which would otherwise have been eliminated under the bill); and
- Require more detailed reporting on Career and Technical education programs provided to K-12 students.
As well, Senator Patty Murray offered what I believe is a disturbing amendment to "require" schools to collect/report data on students in military families.
Meanwhile the ECAA has been reported out of Committee in the Senate but there is no date yet set for floor discussion in the Senate.