Magazine article Curriculum Review

What They're Saying

Magazine article Curriculum Review

What They're Saying

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"Today is a great day! I have looked forward to this day for a long time--and so have America's teachers, parents, students and school leaders. Today is the day that marks the beginning of the development of a new and much-improved generation of assessments for America's schoolchildren. Today marks the start of Assessments 2.0. And today marks one more milestone, testifying to the transformational change now taking hold in our nation's schools under the courageous leadership and vision of state and district officials."

-- U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in remarks made to state leaders about Race to the Top Assessment winners and the next generation of assessments (Ed.gov, 9/2/10)

"One thing we will not tolerate is business as usual. We are dedicated to developing ideas that will literally transform public education in our state."

--Missouri School Boards' Association President Dave Wright, at an event on the flaws of public education at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, MO (ColumbiaTribune.com, 8/30/10)

"Too few women are leading and transforming our society--and (the school) will help change that. Single-sex education benefits all students, especially women and especially in science and math."

--Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls Principal Melissa Jarvis-Cedeno on the opening of New York's first all-girls charter high school in Albany, NY (Associated Press, 8/30/10)

"Some people tell me these ideas are controversial. They say I'm asking for too much, too fast, but I can't help but wonder what's so bold about making students' learning the primary objective in our schools? Why is it so radical to suggest school leaders and teachers should undergo rigorous annual evaluations to ensure student learning is our highest priority? It's going to take bold proposals to transform educator accountability. …

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