Disabilities advocates applaud a reauthorization bill for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act adopted by Senate Committee that would add protections for disadvantaged students, including those with disabilities.
The Arc, a public advocacy group, notes the measure reduces the federal role in school accountability, but allows ED to put some conditions on the states. It would prohibit DoEd from endorsing or prescribing curriculum, including the Common Core State Standards.
It would establish a 1% cap as the proportion of students allowed by a school system to take an Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS). And, it would ensure that students in every state who take the AA-AAS are not precluded from attempting to complete the requirements for a regular diploma.
The bill now goes to the Senate floor for additional debate and amendments before a vote by the full Senate.