President Barack Obama announced Saturday plans to amend the No Child Left Behind law by implementing a new school accountability system, the Washington Post reported.
Instead of judging schools by their overall class performance, the proposal aims to focus more on the growth of individual students, the Wall Street Journal reported.
"We don't think we should micromanage the schools from Washington," Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the Wall Street Journal Friday, "We want to hold educators accountable but let them be creative."
Administration officials said the plan would ensure college and career readiness for students by 2020, and would steer the lowest performing school in the right direction, the Washington Post reported.
The core elements of the No Child Left Behind program remain in tact, the Washington Post reported. States will still test every year in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school, and detailed reports of scores will ensure achievement gaps are disclosed.