Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday testified in front of the U.S. Senate’s Education Committee Thursday asking Congress to move forward with updating the law known as No Child Left Behind.
Most educators and lawmakers agree the law that seeks to make every student proficient in math and reading by 2014 is unrealistic and outdated and several states including Kentucky have been granted waivers.
Now Holliday says the law should be updated to provide long-term federal accountability.
“I hope you will move toward reauthorization as soon as possible to provide concrete parameters for states for improving education systems to better serve students,” he told the committee.
But Holliday also says states should be granted some flexibility, like what’s been provided through state waivers. He further says the reauthorization should include accountability that recognizes preparing students for college and career, similar to what Kentucky adopted under Senate Bill 1 and the Unbridled Learning accountability system.