- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler is lauding the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve a new version of the No Child Left Behind federal education law.

Baesler says the new law needs to give state and local school administrators more freedom to administer education programs. She says the local school districts know what’s best for their students.

Baesler says she is appointing a task force to study North Dakota’s student assessment system and what alternative options may be available to measure student progress. Baesler says she hopes a new law will give states more flexibility with testing.

The Senate voted 81-17 on Thursday to approve its new version of No Child Left Behind. The House voted 218-213 on July 8 to approve its own version.

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