The article teased below (readers can obtain the full text by following the link) mentions that the debates over NCLB are shifting in their composition. While I find this interesting, I do not think the debate about testing is over (which the author says is “nearly settled”). NCLB, the federal role in education, and testing policy are going to be interesting topics in the next election. See below:
As lawmakers continue to move toward a compromise on updating No Child Left Behind, they appear to be slowly steering the conversation away from standardized testing and toward federal oversight of public education. While there’s a growing consensus that the federal role needs to be scaled back, it’s unclear whether Democrats and Republicans can agree on how far that reduction in power should go.
Over the last few weeks, key members of the Senate and House – including Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., who chairs the House education committee, and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio – have come out in support of maintaining annual testing requirements. The American Federation of Teachers, the nation’s second-largest teachers union, also has said the federal requirement should stay in place. With the debate over testing nearly settled, the next target for compromise is the federal role and how much say the Department of Education should have in state accountability systems.