The Alliance’s Priorities for the Rest of 2010
June 02, 2010 06:20 pm
In my previous blog post , I told you where the Alliance has been. Now I want to tell you about where we hope to go.
The Alliance has always zeroed in on helping all students not only graduate from high school but graduate “college and career ready.” This is a phrase that we hear a lot these days, and currently forty-eight states, through their work in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), are working together to define what it means. From the initial planning four years ago with the National Governors Association , the Council of Chief State School Officers , the James B. Hunt, Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy , and Achieve , the APreview Changeslliance has been involved from the inception of the common core initiative.
This state-led effort aims to define the English language, arts and math skills that students should obtain within their K–12 education so that they can graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. Learn more about CCSSI by visiting its website.
Common core standards are one of our main priorities in 2010, but second-to-none is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB has played an important role in highlighting achievement gaps, but it has steadily proven to be inadequate in providing sufficient remedies and flexibility. A decade later, NCLB is a compact disc in an iPod world; it greatly needs updating so that it truly prioritizes middle and high school students, particularly the more than one million students most likely to drop out of school each year.
The Alliance’s recommendations for an ESEA reauthorization are clear:
- Establish graduating all students from high school on time and ready for college or careers as the goal for the U.S. education system.
- Hold states, districts and schools accountable for graduating all students from high school and getting them ready for college and careers.
- Shift away from a one-size-fits-all school improvement system prescribed by the federal government to one that supports state and district efforts to customize reform strategies that are based on data and tailored to the unique needs of low-performing middle and high schools.
- Strengthen federal investment in improving low-performing middle and high schools and helping ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
In the upcoming weeks, you will read much more about why the Alliance is adamant about acting swiftly and soundly. In other words, “Don’t Delay, Reauthorize ESEA Today!”
We hope this blog is a resource for all who are involved in the fight for a better education system. From policymakers to parents, we look forward to hearing from our readers. Please let us know what’s on your mind and what you would like to hear more about. The Alliance is proud to have become one of the go-to-resources for high school policy information and we aim to share our wealth of knowledge with others so that we can all work together to help every child be a successful high school graduate.
With this blog, the Alliance hopes to open new doors. Instead of one-way conversations in the form of us communicating to you, we hope to have more interactive ones—us with you, you with us, and you with each other.