ESEA, Udacity, and testing: The week's most-read education news

Massive news for K-12 came this week with the Senate's passage of the Every Child Achieves Act, a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. While a consensus must now be reached between the House and Senate, followed by both chambers and President Barack Obama approving the final law, the nation is now that much closer to an overdue overhaul of its biggest education law.

In higher ed news, Udacity, the for-profit former MOOC provider, announced plans to make a 50% discount on its tuition permanent in a move that will likely increase the amount of competition its alternative credentials for professional learning bring to traditional institutions.

Meanwhile, New York found itself at the top of a ranking of states with the most difficult assessments, and a push for Massachusetts to drop the Common Core-aligned PARCC exam gained additional traction following the testing consortium's recent rejection by Ohio and other states.

Be sure to check out our look at the history of and issues tied to the debate around the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and more in this week's most-read Education Dive posts!

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