Cruz Amendment to Gut Testing Mandate Fails

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) submitted an amendment yesterday that would have completely gutted the federal testing mandate in S.1177, the Every Child Achieves Act.  It failed Thursday morning on a 40 to 58 vote.

The Republicans who voted against their Senate colleague’s amendment were (unofficial): Alexander, Ayotte, Capito, Corker, Cochran, Flake, Boozman, Murkowski, Gardner, Portman, Thune, Collins, Kirk and Rounds. (I’ll update when the roll call vote is online).

Here is the text of the amendment:

On page 28, between lines 6 and 7, insert the following:
       ``(vi) include in the plan a description of assessments 
     referred to in paragraph (2), or an accountability system 
     referred to in paragraph (3), of subsection (b), nor may the 
     Secretary require inclusion of a description of such 
     assessments or system in a plan or application, or use 
     inclusion of such assessments or system as a factor in 
     awarding Federal funding, under any other provision of this 
     Act; or
       On page 28, line 7, strike ``(vi)'' and insert ``(vii)''.
       On page 36, strike line 18 and all that follows through 
     line 25 on page 58, and insert the following:
       ``(2) Assessments.--A State may include in the State plan a 
     description of, and may implement, a set of high-quality 
     statewide academic assessments.
       ``(3) Accountability.--A State may include in the State 
     plan a description of, and may implement, an accountability 
     system.
       On page 146, strike line 1 and all that follows through 
     line 23, on page 166.
       On page 183, between lines 6 and 7, insert the following

     SEC. 1008A. STATE-DETERMINED ASSESSMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

       After section 1118, as redesignated by section 1004(3), 
     insert the following:

     ``SEC. 1119. STATE-DETERMINED ASSESSMENTS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.

       ``Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including any 
     other provision of this Act, wherever in this Act a reference 
     is made to assessments or accountability under this part, 
     including a reference to a provision under paragraphs (2) or 
     (3) of section 1111(b)--
       ``(1) in the case of a State that elects to implement 
     assessments referred to in section 1111(b)(2), a reference to 
     assessments under this part shall be deemed to be a reference 
     to those assessments and shall be carried out to the extent 
     practicable based on the State-determined assessments;
       ``(2) in the case of a State that elects to implement an 
     accountability system referred to in section 1111(b)(3), a 
     reference to accountability under this part shall be deemed 
     to be a reference to accountability

     under that system, and shall be carried out to the extent 
     practicable based on the State-determined accountability 
     system; and
       ``(3) in the case of any State not described in paragraph 
     (1) or (2), the reference shall have no effect.''.
       On page 185, strike line 19 and all that follows through 
     line 2 on page 228 and insert the following:

     SEC. 1012. REPEAL.

       Part B of title I (20 U.S.C. 6361 et seq.) is repealed.