Duncan: Obama's "common-sense agenda"
| Jan 03, 2011
"With a new Congress set to begin, key members on both sides of the aisle are poised to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In fact, the work has been underway for much of the past year, and few areas are more suited for bipartisan action than education reform," writes U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in today's The Washington Post.
"On many issues," Duncan continues, "Democrats and Republicans agree, starting with the fact that no one likes how NCLB labels schools as failures, even when they are making broad gains. Parents, teachers, and lawmakers want a system that measures not just an arbitrary level of proficiency, but student growth and school progress in ways that better reflect the impact of a school and its teachers on student learning."
Read his complete comments in "School reform's next test" online.