This from Politico's Morning Education:
It’s not just conservatives in Congress who still have to be sold on the No Child Left Behind rewrite. There is still major anxiety from the left — including the White House — about whether the compromise bill will do enough for poor and minority kids. During a 30-minute break from the public conference negotiations Thursday morning, negotiators worked in private to smooth over concerns from the White House that the bill would strip too much authority from the Education secretary, Rep. Bobby Scott and others said. Roberto Rodriguez, deputy assistant for education to President Barack Obama, came to the Capitol to discuss the issue and was standing outside the conference room. "Some of us were surprised the controversy erupted because we were working with people" throughout the process, Scott said. But it was eventually resolved in a way critics, including the White House, were satisfied with, he said.
The deal gives states wide berth when it comes to one of the most contentious issues in education policy: the extent to which test scores should be used in measuring a school's quality.
Under the new framework, states will have new leeway in deciding how to measure a school's performance: Schools have to be measured in part by test scores, graduation rates and English-language proficiency. But there are also other factors that states can use to rate schools, such as student and parent engagement and school climate. Those other measures could account for as much as 49 percent of a school's rating under the new law, a senior GOP aide confirmed, with measures like test scores and graduation rates combined counting for 51 percent.