A new report about what people called “education influentials” think will happen in the world of education says:
* That 87 percent of insiders think that the No Child Left Behind law won’t be reauthorized until at least 2015.
* The recent resolution against the Common Core State Standards by the Republican National Committee is “somewhat or very significant” — 64 percent
* States will delay the high stakes associated with new standardized testing linked to the Common Core standards, as proposed recently by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten — 63 percent
The monthly report, put out by Whiteboard Advisors, a policy-oriented consulting practice, is called Education Insider and is based on the opinions of people identified as being in the know about Washington and education policy. They include, according to the Whiteboard Advisors website, “current and former White House and U.S. Department of Education staff, Congressional leaders, state school chiefs, and leaders of major trade associations, think tanks, and advocacy groups.”
The May report also says that:
* A vast majority of insiders think states will abandon the Common Core testing consortia.
* A significant majority of insiders think it is unlikely that Congress will approve a tobacco tax to pay to expand pre-K programs.