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AASA Responds to NCLB Commission Report

Magazine article District Administration

AASA Responds to NCLB Commission Report

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The bipartisan Commission on No Child Left Behind issued the 230-page "Beyond NCLB" report in February, a blueprint of seventy-five recommendations on how Congress should revamp the federal law, and quickly drew fire from the American Association of School Administrators (www.aasa.org) for its flawed assessment of the current state and ill-advised proposed direction of the law.

The report's recommendations call for increased teacher effectiveness, more help for low-performing schools, voluntary national standards, longitudinal data systems, and an additional assessment in 12th grade to ensure that high school graduates are prepared for college or work.

In its statement, AASA says it is unfortunate that "the commission chose an approach that is 'stay the course plus' and piles new requirements and new mandates on states and districts that are already overburdened with ill-advised federal directives."

Commission Co-Chair Tommy Thompson says the commission "chose to swing for the fences" with its recommendations, but what AASA says is that the commission "took their eye off the ball and struck out."

The commission's report is based on the premise that not taking bold steps to accelerate the nation's educational progress would jeopardize the future of American children and "maintain the status quo." AASA believes, however, that there is no status quo and that education has "been in a state of change for decades." It says that we only jeopardize our competitiveness not by failing to take bold steps but by forgetting about the importance of creativity, innovation and creating global citizens. …

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