Every Student Succeeds Act | St. Louis Public Radio

Every Student Succeeds Act

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Illustration by Rici Hoffarth | St. Louis Public Radio

In its new state plan to hold elementary and secondary schools accountable, the Illinois State Board of Education is taking an about face from the strict grade-level standards that were the hallmark of the old federal education law, No Child Left Behind.

The plan approved Wednesday by the state board of education gives academic growth twice as much weight as academic proficiency. That means schools will get a lot of credit for helping students catch up.