ABC News' Mary K. Bruce reports: The Obama administration is gearing up to overhaul the Bush administration’s “No Child Left Behind” education law, with a focus on replacing the accountability system established under the 2002 legislation.
Under “No Child Left Behind” schools are rated based on how students perform on state math and reading tests and whether or not they demonstrate “adequate yearly progress.” The law also sets a 2014 deadline for all students to meet universal proficiency.
Critics, however, claim the system encourages states to lower academic standards so they may report better progress and Education Secretary Arne Duncan has previously described the 2014 target as “utopian.”
Instead, the president's budget suggests the administration plans to replace the accountability system with a new one focused on helping students graduate from high school college- and career-ready.
"We want to work together with legislators and stakeholders to develop a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act that will be smart, fair and useful for educators," Duncan said in a statement today.
The president’s budget includes a $3 billion increase in competitive funding for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including $1.35 billion to continue the “Race to the Top” grant competition for education reform.
Overall the budget requests $49.7 billion for the Department of Education's discretionary programs, an increase of $3.5 billion over FY 2010. The budget also includes $173 billion in loans, grants, and tax credits to help students go to college.