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Elementary and Secondary Education Act

One Small Step for Washington, One Giant Leap for Children

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

At one of the most divisive political moments in our nation's history, in a piece of legislation that itself is controversial and has failed to be reauthorized despite numerous attempts over the past six years, a bipartisan amendment providing for education innovation and research sailed through a Senate committee.

After Cleaning up the NCLB Mess, Then What?

Jack Jennings | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

After adopting legislation to sweep away NCLB's bad policy, the harder issue will be what should replace those provisions to bring about real, comprehensive improvement in American public schools? School improvement is necessary, but not for reasons commonly assumed.

Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 04.15.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Annual testing is valuable, but students deserve a system that protects them from unnecessary, redundant tests. Congress should ensure that the SMART Act is included in the final ESEA bill that it sends to the president, because this will make us all smarter educators and give us additional time to make our students learn smarter.

As ESEA Turns 50, the Fate of Our Most Vulnerable Students Hangs in the Balance

Teach Plus | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

An important part of the answer of why we test is this: to provide useful data for teachers about students' progress. I use data from my students' assessments to inform and improve my instruction so that my students learn more, and so that, in turn, I grow as a professional.

Is Now the Time to Reauthorize ESEA?

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Of course, it was supposed to be reauthorized in 2007, but what with partisan politics, outside influences and the lack of any general consensus around the various efforts, Congress has yet to successfully reauthorize the legislation. As a result, national educational policy has been a patchwork of waivers, dodges, and weaves unworthy of a great nation.

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 04.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

What Does "Where's Waldo" Have in Common With the Nation's Main Education Law?

Bob Wise | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Bob Wise

When my children were much younger, I loved playing "Where's Waldo" with them, trying to find the character in the distinctive hat amidst a confusing mass of other figures. They have grown, and now I play "Where's ESEA?"

Student Progress and Teacher Improvement through State Annual Testing

Teach Plus | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The Common Core State Standards would ensure that Brandon would be not fall "behind" if his family needed to move to another state. But having high standards like CCSS is not enough. The standards must go hand-in-hand with high-quality annual assessments that provide data for Brandon's teachers wherever he happens to attend school.

Graduation Rates Are Rising, but Too Many Students Are Still Falling Behind

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 03.20.2015 | Education
Stacey D. Stewart

Even with these improvements, one in five students is still not graduating on time, and the graduation rate remains 13.4 percentage points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students.

Congressional Education Reauthorization: Urgent Need for School Leadership Academy Program

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

If America is serious about effectively educating the millions of disadvantaged children in its lowest-achieving schools, it must transform these schools so that they engage their students' interests and effectively teach them a challenging curriculum.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Teacher to Congress: Title 1 Funding Helps Students and Families Fight Inequity

Teach Plus | Posted 03.02.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The way I see it, members of Congress have a choice: They can change the Title 1 funding structure and shortchange students who most need that extra support to catch up, or they can invest in students like Jonathan, provide him the resources he needs and ensure that his entire family is better off.

Answering Chairman Alexander's Two Critical Questions for Congressional Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and the Senate education committee members should adopt FEA's proposals and report out an ESEA reauthorization bill that finally provides hope for America's millions of disadvantaged students.

The High Stakes of Life and Death

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

I became an educator because I believe in the power of schools to change people's lives and to ensure a more equitable society for all. Yet high stakes tests have only furthered the inequity by punishing schools and communities that are already struggling.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 04.18.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

Leveling the Playing Field for Our Kids

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.17.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

A high-quality public education can unlock our children's potential. It can bring communities together. It can ensure a top-notch workforce for our economy and an engaged citizenry for our democracy. We have an opportunity with the ESEA reauthorization to help reclaim the promise of public education.

Smart Reauthorization of the ESEA Law Necessary for Student Success

Marc H. Morial | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Marc H. Morial

Reaching the American Dream begins with opportunity. As young people of all races, creeds and backgrounds march courageously to address issues of police misconduct and disparities in the justice system, they are also highlighting additional deep inequities that threaten our great nation.

Joy Resmovits

The Obama Administration Officially Wants This Major Education Law Rewritten

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

After years of dancing around Congress to help states evade the No Child Left Behind Act, the Obama administration thinks it's time to go back to the ...

Joy Resmovits

Is The Obama Administration Backing Away From Standardized Testing?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics

For years, the Obama administration has made tougher teacher evaluations a centerpiece of its education agenda, giving states incentives to grade educ...

Principled, Sound Middle Way to Education Reauthorization

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

One way for Congress to break its six year partisan impasse is by overhauling the dysfunctional Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently called No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

After NCLB? Emerging Strategy Shift

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Now is the critical time for Congress to shift from NCLB's punitive, harmful and ineffective high-stakes testing strategy to a supportive, beneficial and effective strategy: guiding, assisting, funding and holding accountable our low-achieving schools to improve by doing what works.

Lawmakers Prep to Abandon Our Most Vulnerable Children

Kati Haycock | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Kati Haycock

John Boehner has proven before that he cares deeply about inequities in our education system and that he will mow down obstacles in his own party and across the aisle to make much needed changes. Where is that courageous leadership now?

Joy Resmovits

GOP Education Fix Goes Too Far

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics

John Kline is frustrated. The Republican representative from Minnesota and chair of the House Education Committee says his constituents have been t...