Yesterday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee convened a hearing to discuss the appropriate role of the federal government in the educational accountability system, as it prepares for the reauthorization – rewrite – of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.
Raising the Bar: Exploring State and Local Efforts to Improve Accountability, featured four witnesses who all highlighted the need for the federal government to issue accountability parameters that maintain a key tenant of NCLB: the public reporting of student achievement by subgroup. Since NCLB, this requirement has allowed the public to know how students who have been historically disadvantaged, including students with disabilities, are performing. Many members of Congress echoed keeping this requirement in the next version of ESEA, a position CEC supports.
Yesterday’s hearing featured testimony from:
- Mr. John White, Louisiana State Superintendent
- Dr. Chris Richardson , superintendent of the Northfield Public Schools, Minnesota
- Mr. Eric S. Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Ohio
- Mr. Matthew Given, Chief Development Officer, EdisonLearning, Inc.
The witnesses also spoke about the importance of recruiting and retaining effective teachers, which led some members of Congress to question what elements should comprise a teacher evaluation system. John White, Louisiana State Superintendent, called for observations and evidence of student progress, and emphasized the need to have greater accountability for teacher preparation programs through reporting of entry requirements, measurable outcomes for programs, and performance of program graduates.
For the last six years, Congress has been working to reauthorize ESEA, a process which has had bursts of activity followed by stalled gridlock. Throughout this time, CEC has been working to ensure that as legislation is drafted, the needs of children and youth with disabilities and the professionals who work on their behalf are considered. Read CEC’s ESEA Recommendations.Read or Watch an Archive of the Hearing