Alyson Klein at Education Week reports that GOP Senate Aides are working on a Education and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that would eliminate mandatory testing.
Senate GOP aides, who are hoping to get a bill reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind Act on the runway early in the new year, are getting started on legislation that looks very similar to a bill Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the incoming chairman of the Senate education committee, introduced last year….
But there would be one major change: an end to the federal mandate for annual testing, Republican Senate aides confirm.
Instead the bill would leave decisions about testing schedules up to states. Some would likely stick with annual assessments, while others would try out gradespan testing and still others would mix and match, GOP aides say.
Considering many Democrats would welcome a move like this it seems like this could get pushed through. The question is what will President Obama do with it should this bill pass.