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IEA Leader Eager To Dump ‘No Child Left Behind’

Cinda Klickna standing in an office.

Illinois Education Association President Cinda Klickna is happy to say good bye to No Child Left Behind. Dusty Rhodes/Illinois Public Radio

How many standardized test do you remember taking when you were in school?  Your answer probably depends on whether you finished school before 2002 when No Child Left Behind took effect.

It was designed to ensure that students were making adequate yearly progress. Instead, it led to a proliferation of high stakes, fill in the bubble tests that many educators and students didn’t like.

Last week a revised version of No Child Left Behind was signed into law. The new law is called the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Cinda Klickna is president of the Illinois Education Association. She told Illinois Public Radio’s Dusty Rhodes that although she’s waiting to see how some parts of the law play out, she’s happy to say goodbye to no child left behind.