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Elementary and Secondary Education Act

An Open Letter to the Secretary of Education

Kyle Redford | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Kyle Redford

Frankly, I was nothing short of stunned by your lack of understanding of the policies and approaches to dyslexia in our public schools.

For Effective Education Policy, Listen to Effective Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 06.27.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

At the heart of the disagreement is whether the law should include meaningful accountability for the nation's most at-risk students. A group of effective classroom teachers from across the country is joining the fray with a powerful -- and perhaps unexpected -- message.

Evidence-Based vs. Evidence-Proven

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Way back in 2001, when we were all a lot younger and more naïve, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). It had all kinds of ideas in it, some better than others. The emphasis on research was certainly novel, and even revolutionary in many ways.

Bridging the Critical Gap Between Middle and High School

Teach Plus | Posted 06.12.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The transition from middle to high school is a critical inflection point, and students who fall behind in ninth grade are at great risk of dropping out. That is why I support the Middle School Success and High School Graduation Initiative Amendment, which aims to provide struggling schools with tools to help students bridge this gap.

ESEA Reauthorization Needs Stronger Family Engagement Provisions

Otha Thornton | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Otha Thornton

I call on the Senate to include provisions in the Every Child Achieves Act that would provide states and districts the capacity and necessary resources to support effective family engagement strategies in every school to help every child succeed academically and reach his or her full potential.

To Fulfill Their Rights

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

If we are to achieve true equality as President Johnson envisioned half a century ago, then we must ensure that students from low-income communities are given the necessary resources and supports. For the civil rights community, accountability must be at the forefront of our actions.

Shouldn't Somebody Have to Intervene?

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.28.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

If a low-income child is trapped in a school that has been failing its children for years, shouldn't someone in a responsible position act to intervene?

Fears That Children Will "Slip Back Into the Shadows"

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 05.27.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Like many educators, Craig Gfeller doesn't like every provision in federal education law. But as principal of a high-poverty school in the exurbs of Washington, D.C., he considers a couple of them critical for his students.

Don't Let Our Kids Fall through the Cracks

Kati Haycock | Posted 05.15.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

This year, I am spending a lot of my time inside the beltway, advocating on behalf of students and families who have been traditionally underserved. ...

The Arts and Arts Education Are Part of the Solution

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

We are in a springtime of mixed messages in America. Some graduation ceremonies feature stories of great opportunity by commencement speakers, while others are solemn events where graduating seniors are simply processed out the door toward an uncertain future.

My Position on the Senate ESEA Reauthorization Draft

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

The clear, repeated, detailed, and undeniable limits on the authority of US secretary of education and the absence of any discussion of Title I funding portability are my chief reasons for supporting the Senate ESEA draft. And I think this bill could realistically garner enough votes in Congress to rid us once and for all of NCLB.

A Half Century's Legacy at a Crossroads

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are at a crossroads. The Republican budget seeks to destroy the legislative legacy of 1965 that made great differences in the lives of so many ordinary people. Democrats must defend our proud legacy and fight against the efforts of those who seek to devalue the worth of hardworking Americans.

How Can We Learn from Success Without Some Way of Telling Who's Successful?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Education has always been a bit of a black box. Before the uniform administration of state assessments, even teachers and schools who were doing truly astounding work were often only known to their students and their students' parents.

A Step Forward in Washington, A Step Back in New York

Randi Weingarten | Posted 06.19.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

There's no silver bullet when it comes to helping all children achieve. Great public schools are our best shot. But until we have more leaders willing to look past ideology, listen to those closest to the classroom, and find common ground, we won't move forward.

One Small Step for Washington, One Giant Leap for Children

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.15.2015 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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 05.20.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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.