Senate Committee Passes Education Legislation, Make Sure Congress Considers Museums
This afternoon, the Senate committee with jurisdiction over education policy passed legislation overhauling the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The proposal would allow states more flexibility in setting performance standards for students and stipulate certain factors to be included in teacher evaluations, including both student outcomes and observations from fellow educators. The legislation also includes language advanced by the Association of Science-Technology Centers, which makes sure museums are recognized as eligible partners in improving STEM education. With the House education committee planning to consider its own ESEA reauthorization next week, it is clear that education policy will be on legislators’ minds this summer and beyond.