Public Policy Timeline

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act

    ESEA provided federal funding to states primarily for education programs for disadvantaged students in order to support equity in education.
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  • Report “Reclaiming our Nation at Risk”

    The Commission recommended “that schools, colleges, and universities adopt more rigorous and measurable standards, and higher expectations, for academic performance.
  • Improving America’s Schools Act and Goals 2000 Educate America Act

    Required state academic-content standards and tests, and the Goals 2000: Educate America Act (1994), which provided federal funds to aid states in writing those content standards
  • ESEA Reauthorization: “No Child Left Behind”

    Ensured that states accepting the federal government’s targeted investment agree to measure and report on results in terms of standards and accountability.
  • ESEA Fails to be Reauthorized

    Continuing resolution passed instead, legislation continues “as is” until reauthorized, this continues until present time
  • Race to the Top Grant Competition

    The Race to the Top emphasizes encouraging states to work jointly toward a system of common academic standards that builds toward college and career readiness, expanding effective support to teachers and principals,implementing a statewide longitudinal data system,asking states to prioritize and transform persistently low-performing schools, by promoting collaborations between business leaders, educators, and other stakeholders to raise student achievement and close achievement gaps.
  • ESEA Reauthorization: A Blueprint for Reform

    This document contains the Department of Education/Obama Administration proposals for changing NCLB when it is reauthorized
  • 2010-2011 New Illinois Education Legislation

    (1) Adoption of common core standards and assessments, (2) new teacher performance evaluation system (3) new teacher certification guidelines and requirements, (4) new data systems for identification of lowest performing schools, and (5) more charter schools and new authorization guidelines
  • NCLB Waivers/Flexibility

    1. A State will no longer have to set targets that require all students to be proficient by 2014.
    2. A State must develop a rigorous plan addressing the three critical areas that include Transitioning to College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments, Developing Systems of Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support, and lastly Evaluating and Supporting Teacher and Principal Effectiveness.