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The Untold Story of Statewide Student Assessments in Nebraska: What Does It Augur For ESEA Reauthorization?

Overview 

·     Former Nebraska Commissioner of Education Doug Christensen was making the rounds on Capitol Hill last week (along with the National Education Association) arguing for a testing system very much like the one Nebraska had up until 2008.

·      The problem is that they told only part of the story.

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NCLB Failed? Whaaa? Student Progress: NCLB to Present

An overwhelming amount of research shows that students progressed faster academically in the ten years following NCLB than in the twenty years prior. Correlation does not prove causation. But the data are nonetheless compelling. See our DFER ESEA Infograph Brief #3: Student Gains Post-NCLB.

ESEA Infographic Brief.#3.pdf

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Coalition Opposes Chairman Kline's ESEA Reauthorization, The "Student Success Act"

Today, Democrats for Education Reform joined the Business Roundtable, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the Education Trust, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the National Conference of La Raza, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in opposition to House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline's ESEA reauthorization proposal the "Student Success Act." The bill is scheduled to be mark-ed up in Committee on Wednesday, February 11th. The full text of the letter is here:

ESEA Core Kline Letter.FINAL.pdf

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Over 25 Groups Back Obama Teacher Prep Reg:
"An Education Equity Mandate"

By Hajar Ahmed

The Obama administration’s teacher education reform plan won an influx of support from more than 25 education advocacy and service organizations this week.  Advocacy groups that haven’t been aligning of late with respect to K-12 school accountability issues all echoed the same theme in comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Coalition: “Congress, Keep the Backbone of ESEA Strong!”

Democrats for Education Reform joined a coalition of business, civil rights, disabilities and advocacy groups today calling for robust assessment systems, public reporting of key education indicators, and accountability for student outcomes in a reauthorized ESEA.

The principles include:

  • Annual, statewide assessments of all students grades three to eight, and at least once in high school;
  • Public reporting of assessment results in a transparent and accessible way; and,
  • Accountability systems that expect faster improvement for the groups of children who have been traditionally underserved, and prompt action when any group of students underperforms. 

See the full statement of principles here:

ESEA Core Coalition Principles Release FINAL.pdf

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