Missourians react to education law rewrite

1 year 1 month 1 week ago December 10, 2015 Dec 10, 2015 Thursday, December 10 2015 Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:45:00 PM CST in News
By: Samantha Myers, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

JEFFERSON CITY - President Barack Obama signed an education law Thursday that replaces No Child Left Behind of 2002. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives more decision-making power to the states, and encourages states to limit the time students spend on testing. 

Missourians reacted to the change and members of several teachers' associations told KOMU 8 News they supported it. 

Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) spokesperson David Luther said it is one of the biggest education moves in the last 25 years.

Luther said the first thing that is going to have to happen is that DESE and other education associations across the state will have to look at the new law. He said it's expansive. 

In a MASA statement, the organization highlighted details of the new law: 

  • States and school districts still have to test 95 percent of their students. However, failure to reach that threshold does not automatically result in failure for the district. Instead, states and LEAs must determine what happens to schools that are affected by low test participation. 
  • ESSA strips federal requirements of “highly qualified teachers” and allows for states to adopt their own teacher evaluation system. There is no federal requirement as to how much emphasis must be placed on student performance within the state level teacher evaluation system.
  • States must adopt their own accountability system. In elementary and middle school, the system must contain the following three indicators: 
    a. proficiency on state tests;
    b. English language proficiency;
    c. and one additional academic factor that must be broken out by subgroup. 
  • For high schools, the accountability system must contain the following four indicators
    a. graduation rate;
    b. proficiency on state tests;
    c. English language proficiency;
    d.and one additional academic factor that must be broken out by subgroup. 

The law also makes it so the federal government cannot mandate or incentivize schools for adhering to certain national standards, like Common Core. 

A DESE spokesperson told KOMU 8 News it was still going through the logistics of the new law. 

“After a preliminary review of the proposed version of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we are pleased to see the return of more state control over education. What we know now leads us to believe that the legislation will allow Missouri to continue implementing a statewide system of support for schools," DESE Communications Director Nancy Bowles said. "Missouri is well-positioned to lead local education systems – and therefore Missouri students – to success through our homegrown systems. With the successful reauthorization of this long-overdue law, we will focus on what works for children in our state."

Missouri State Teacher Association spokesman Todd Fuller said Missourians were frustrated with the amount of testing. 

"Not just teachers but a lot of parents around Missouri and the United States as a whole were getting frustrated with the number of tests that students were being required to take in a school year," Fuller said. 

"Who better knows about their schools than those who are working in them or who are serving them in some capacity, so we feel good about that," Luther said. 

Luther said there will still be testing in English and math between third and eighth grades and the high school level. 

"I know there's a push for a reduction of testing. I think education associations across the state will look at how we can do that," Luther said. 

Luther and Fuller both said No Child Left Behind was a flawed bill. 

"No Child Left Behind was really a flawed bill, a flawed law, and the fact that we have bipartisan folks working on this, we feel like this is going to be a good thing for education," Luther said.

Changes will not come until the 2017-2018 school year. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – Missouri is the only state without a prescription drug-monitoring program in place, but officials in Columbia are hoping... More >>
8 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 6:34:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - At their Jan. 10 Court en Banc meeting, the judges of the 13th Judicial Circuit elected their new... More >>
9 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 5:39:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man has pled guilty Friday to three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, one count... More >>
10 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 4:43:00 PM CST in Top Stories
UNION, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Missouri are investigating after a body was found in a river. The... More >>
10 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 3:55:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - All across the country televisions were set to the presidential inauguration to see Donald Trump take office. Craig... More >>
11 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 3:20:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the case of a 53-year-old woman who died while detained in a... More >>
11 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 3:18:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Students and representatives from more than 15 local organizations gathered at the University of Missouri Friday for a... More >>
11 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 3:04:00 PM CST in News
TROY, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri woman has been placed on probation for helping stage her son's fake kidnapping... More >>
12 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 2:46:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - One of Columbia's most-traveled roads, Business Loop 70, is set to go through a beautification process. Before... More >>
13 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 1:40:00 PM CST in News
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A concrete truck driver has been charged in a deadly crash about a mile east of... More >>
15 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 11:23:55 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The FBI is investigating after hackers blocked the St. Louis Public Library's server. The... More >>
17 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 9:34:02 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at the Eagle Stop gas station on Providence Road at I-70.... More >>
17 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 9:18:00 AM CST in News
KINLOCH (AP) — A 17-year-old St. Louis County resident is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the July... More >>
17 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 9:00:02 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of... More >>
18 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 8:11:00 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas City man has been charged in the 2013 death of a 22-year-old man... More >>
19 hours ago January 20, 2017 Jan 20, 2017 Friday, January 20 2017 Friday, January 20, 2017 6:53:22 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – On Friday, president-elect Donald Trump will officially take the oath of office in Washington D.C. for President of... More >>
1 day ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 9:58:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new set of regulations on Wednesday that clarifies standards for living... More >>
1 day ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:49:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services Department tracked a decrease in mumps cases reports when MU students... More >>
1 day ago January 19, 2017 Jan 19, 2017 Thursday, January 19 2017 Thursday, January 19, 2017 6:42:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 51°
3am 47°
4am 46°
5am 47°
6am 47°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:07a
Today
3:00a
Mad Money
4:00a
LX.TV: 1st Look
2:30a
Paid Program
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Figure Skating
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld