Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee (HELP) held a hearing, “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability.” Last week Senate HELP Chairman Alexander released his 387 page ESEA reauthorization discussion draft, entitled “Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015.”
CEC is concerned about the lack of strong accountability measures for children with disabilities in the Alexander draft. CEC joined with the Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities and sent a letter to Chairman Alexander expressing their concern with the provisions related to alternate assessments based on alternate academic standards, alternate assessments based on modified academic standards and nonalignment of the ESEA language with IDEA regarding “providing access to the general curriculum.”
The Senate HELP Committee will hold its second hearing on January 27, 2015, “Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders.” Another hearing is planned for February 3. Alexander has set a timeline to move a bill out of Committee by the end of February.