NCLB Reauthorization Update from AUCD
- From the 12/15/08 edition of the AUCD Legislative News in Brief:
Education/No Child Left Behind
According to a recent Congressional Quarterly report, education policy experts say it will likely be at least a year before a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act occurs, in part because President-elect Barack Obama’s administration has placed a priority on economic recovery and health care reform, and in part because no true consensus has been reached on how to do it. According to some Hill staff, House Education Chairman Miller and Senate HELP Committee Chairman Kennedy agree on basic principles for revising the law, such as requiring more rigorous standards from some states, providing support for teacher preparation and retention, exploring the use of growth models and allowing for greater differentiation in the labeling of schools. However, getting all Democrats to agree on the details of the 700 page law will be difficult, the aides say.
AUCD staff are participating in a two day meeting to examine growth models as a means for measuring student’s progress. The meeting was convened by the National Center for Learning Disabilities to bring together experts in growth models to discuss and develop joint policy recommendations on including growth models as part of the accountability system for all students in preparation of the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act. For information on the No Child Left Behind Act and the disability community’s policy recommendations, see AUCD public policy website.Sandy, Illinois (alpy2@...)
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