Of course, different people will have different ideas about what is good and bad about the national government’s education policies.
From my perspective, the biggest positive aspect of the national government’s educational policy is its emphasis on statistics-based outcomes. The government is trying to ensure that states will use data to prove what is working and what is not working in terms of educational techniques. I would also say that it is important that the federal government is pushing for increased training for teachers and administrators. All of these things are steps in the right direction.
There are at least two major cons to this, however. First, it is not at all clear that the federal government should be telling everyone what to do. It might be better to have the states be more in charge of their own educational systems so that they could try different things. This might help us to try out more ideas and to find out what works and what does not. Second, there seems to be too much reliance on standardized testing. While I am not sure what the best kind of statistics to measure quality education would be, I do not think that it is a good idea to equate high standardized test scores with good education.