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Alliance for Excellent Education Calls for Immediate Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind Act

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Alliance for Excellent Education Calls for Immediate Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind Act

Alliance Accompanies Call to Action with Recommendations for NCLB Improvement

The Alliance for Excellent Education today called for immediate reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, citing the urgent need to improve the law to address the “crisis in our nation’s high schools that can no longer be ignored.”

In an official statement released this morning at an event on Capitol Hill, the Alliance contends, “The nation’s high school students have already waited too long for the country’s leaders to act on their behalf.  Every school day, another 7,000 students drop out; putting off action until next year or the year after is unacceptable.”

At this morning’s event, the Alliance also released eight recommendations to improve the law so that every student graduates prepared for success in the twenty-first century:

– Leverage higher standards and better assessments aligned to college and work readiness;
– Ensure meaningful accountability for high schools, including graduation rates;
– Support state and local systems of high school improvement;
– Target new funding to turn around low-performing high schools;
– Invest in longitudinal data systems and professional development to use data to improve policy and practice;
– Ensure students have the literacy skills to succeed in middle and high school;
– Support innovation and research in secondary schools; and
– Create support for turning around low-performing middle schools.


The full documents are available on the Alliance for Excellent Education’s website:

“Agenda for the Reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act” here

“Statement from the Alliance for Excellent Education: Congress Must Reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) Now” here

Today’s event, “Improving No Child Left Behind Now: The Cost of Waiting,” was co-sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education with The Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind, Business Coalition for Student Achievement, Campaign for High School Equity, Center for American Progress, Citizens’ Commission on Civil Rights, The Education Trust, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and National Council of La Raza.  The hosts were Secretary Tommy Thompson and Governor Roy Barnes, co-chairs of the Commission on No Child Left Behind.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington-based policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to make every child a graduate, prepared for postsecondary education and success in life.

For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit

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