Superintendent Hofmeister praises U.S. Senate for passing ESSA to replace No Child Left Behind

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 9, 2015) – Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised the U.S. Senate’s overwhelming decision this morning to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will correct many of the weaknesses in the No Child Left Behind Act.

“We are pleased that the United States Congress has passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This critical legislation – which essentially replaces No Child Left Behind – gives Oklahoma education stakeholders at the state and local level the authority and responsibility they have long sought. With a deep resolve for strong accountability and high-quality standards, I applaud the efforts of our federal delegation who sought to limit federal over-reach and strengthen state control of teacher evaluation, assessments, academic standards, accountability and innovation,” Hofmeister said.

While the ESSA would remove the requirement for Oklahoma to seek an annual waiver from burdensome federal mandates, it would still require state-led testing in grades 3-8 and high school and a state-designed school accountability system, among other measures.



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Last updated on December 9, 2015