Mr. Chairman, Mr. McKeon, and Members of the Committee, thank you for providing me with the opportunity to testify before you this morning on the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, in particular about the teacher quality provisions.
This Committee has shown great leadership not only in confronting the achievement gap in our public schools, but also in recognizing that improving the quality of teaching at high-poverty and high-minority schools is the most effective gap-closing strategy.
Others on this panel will talk with you today about the pressing need to dramatically increase the effectiveness of America’s teaching force. I could not agree more. For the record, though, I want to emphasize that much more is at stake than simply meeting the goals and timelines of No Child Left Behind.