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House Passes Every Student Succeeds Act

Written by Bill Laurienti

While we generally stay away from politics in this blog, the new federal legislation to replace No Child Left Behind deserves a comment.

For many years we felt like a lone voice in the No Child Left Behind wilderness. While standardized testing may have a role to play in K–12 education, it’s the virtual antithesis of our mission and learning philosophy to focus on higher-order thinking skills and student engagement

While the new legislation doesn’t abandon standardized testing, it appears to be less of an obstacle to a renewed emphasis on authentic learning. For that, we welcome the bill and applaud the bipartisan support it received.

By no means have we had time to understand the full implication of the 1,059 page bill. We’ll be watching closely for further analysis. At first blush though, it seems like a positive development.

Read more here.

And by the way, under the language of the new bill, SmartLabs qualify as both educational technology and blended learning programs—something to keep in mind when exploring funding options.

Bill Laurienti

Bill Laurienti is a Content Marketing Specialist at Creative Learning Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (English) from Colorado Mesa University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching from the University of California's Rossier School of Education. Bill came to CLS after 10 years in the secondary classroom. He believes SmartLabs are important tools for engaging unengaged students and helping them access careers they might not otherwise have imagined.

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