Read the letter to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The document contains sections on Accountability for Results, Standards and Assessments, Ensuring Equitable Access to Effective Teachers and Leaders, Turning Around Our Lowest Performing Schools, Funding Fairness, Instructional Supports for Teachers, and Public Information and Reporting.
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.
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.
Chairman Miller, members of the committee: Thank you very much for providing me with the opportunity to talk with you this morning about the importance of strong teaching to our effort to boost student achievement and close achievement gaps.