This NCLB/ESEA reauthorization update is courtesy of Jess Butler, long time
advocate for families - please feel free to share!
What the Briefing is About. The
briefing will focus on how instruction and assessment of all children with
intellectual disabilities must change to have high expectations. Witnesses
include representatives of the National Center for Educational Outcomes and
National Alternate Assessment Center who will discuss their groundbreaking
research on 12,000 students who take assessments based on alternate academic
achievement standards. Tom Hehir, a former Director of the US. Office of
Special Education Programs and a current member of the NDSS Board of Directors
will testify on a number of important educational issues affecting children with
Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. The National Down
Syndrome Society will also present testimony on behalf of NDSS and NDSC.
Information will be presented on assessment, instruction, and Universal Design
Why the Briefing is
Important! In my opinion, the education establishment has far too
often underestimated children with intellectual disabilities, and they often
receive educations that do little to prepare them for maximum adult
independence. But if Congress doesn’t get the right information, including
information like this briefing, the same old stereotypes of kids with
intellectual disabilities will be perpetuated when ESEA/NCLB is reauthorized
later this year or early next year.
Please ask your Representative to Attend or Send a
Staffer! NDSS is asking folks to call or email their Representative
and ask them to come to the briefing or send a staff member. Getting
someone in the room is half the battle, so they will hear the information and
use it in their approach to ESEA/NCLB. Call your Congressional
Representative at 202-224-3121 (TTY 202-225-1904). You will need to know
your Representative’s name, which you can find at http://www.house.gov by
putting your zip code into the box in the upper left corner. (You
usually only need your five digit zip code.) When you are connected,
ask for the aide who handles Education or Disability and leave a message if you
are connected to voicemail. Its okay to tell the voicemail about the
briefing and why you want the Representative to attend.
In DC? Please Come to the Briefing to Show
Support. NDSS is also asking for parents, advocates, children, and
friends and supporters to come to the briefing to demonstrate community support
on these issues. So please come out and show your support! Thursday, June 17 from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm in Room
122 Cannon Office Building.
feel free to share and forward this message to others. Thanks to
NDSS, NDSC, and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the spotlight they are
shining on this important issue. Even though the briefing is sponsored by
the Down Syndrome Caucus, the focus is on all children with intellectual
disabilities. The information and research presented applies to all
children who take alternative assessments.
Volunteer Co-Webmaster, Our Children Left Behind
(http://www.ourchildrenleftbehind.com) (IDEA & NCLB