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Esea Reauthorization: The Obama Administration's Esea Reauthorization Priorities: Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor

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Esea Reauthorization: The Obama Administration's Esea Reauthorization Priorities: Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor

by United States Congress Senate

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2011. LC Number: KF26 .L27 2010b OCLC Number: (OCoLC)732342880 Subject: Educational law and legislation -- United States. Excerpt: ... 11 We have a comprehensive agenda to help us meet that goal. It starts with asking States to adopt standards that prepare students for success in college and careers. Governors and chief State school officers of 48 States are doing the tough job of set-ting these standards in reading and math. In our proposal, we call on States to adopt college and career ready standards - either working with other States or by getting their higher education institutions to certify the standards are rigorous enough to ensure students graduate ready to succeed in college-level classes or enter the workplace. But standards aren't enough. We'll need a new generation of assessments that measure whether students are on track for success in college and careers. We will support the effort to develop those tests so they will measure higher-order skills, provide accurate measures of student progress, and give teachers the information they need to improve student achievement. These standards and assessments are key parts of our effort to redefine account-ability. Under NCLB, the Federal Government greatly expanded its role in holding schools accountable. It did several things right - and I'll always give NCLB credit for its important contributions to education reform. It required all students be in-cluded in the accountability system - including minority students, students with dis-abilities, and English learners - and held schools, districts and States accountable for educating all of their students. It required States, districts and schools to report test scores disaggregated by student subgroups, exposing achievement gaps like never before. We know the achievement gap is unacceptably large - and teachers and school leaders throughout the country are working and mobilizing to address that problem. NCLB was ...

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