The U.S. Senate is moving to reauthorize the federal No Child Left Behind law just as dozens of states, including North Carolina, are seeking permission to come up with their own rules for measuring student progress.
A Senate committee last night voted to send a bill to a full Senate vote.
Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan said the bill includes some of her provisions - a measure to ensure principals hired to improve low-performing schools have demonstrated effectiveness, and another ensuring students who attend early college can do so at no cost, as they do in North Carolina.
No Child Left Behind was scheduled for reauthorization in 2007, but Congress has not acted. The Senate bill still has a long way to go if it is to become law.
The Obama administration said last month that it would grant states waivers from No Child Left Behind guidelines if they come up with their own plans that pass federal review.
The existing law has been widely criticized for putting too much emphasis on high-stakes tests.