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American students are losing ground in education attainment compared to countries from Korea to Estonia. In a recent edition of @Brookings, a weekly podcast by the Brookings Institute, expert Grover “Russ” Whitehurst poses provocative solutions for students from kindergarten through college.

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The National Education Association (NEA)  has put forward its most detailed list of recommendations for the overhaul of the reconstruction of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The teachers’ union made clear that its blueprint for renewing the ESEA offers a fresh approach to the law. The 170-page document coincides with the union’s positive agenda for the ESEA, introduced in 2006, and focuses on many of the major, hot-button issues for example; testing, school accountability, and teacher quality.

Also, included in NEA recommendations is a proposal for fewer standardized tests. States would be required to administer only two, one in the 4-6 grades and one in the 7-9 grades. Compared to the current law, these new proposed requirements are less than half of the testing requirements implemented in the current law. The union’s plan also excludes “teacher effectiveness” and includes a variety of measures like ones such as asking students to submit portfolios of their work to gauge student and school progress.

In this new plan a school’s progress would be assessed by how much growth a school made towards an annual performance target and by how effective it was in closing the achievement gap.

For more information about NEA’s new recommendations for ESEA, read this article, “NEA Plan for Rewriting NCLB Departs from Obama’s” by EducationNews.org and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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According to a recent Edweek.org article entitled “Duncan Aims to Make Incentives Key Element of ESEA,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wants to begin focusing on creating federal incentives for high-performing schools, districts, states, and states in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The Department of Education (ED) is considering certain proposals that would offer greater independence, recognition, and resources for schools and districts that are making significant progress in student achievement and are committed to adopting college- and career-readiness standards.

According to the article, Duncan mentions that they are few incentives for high-performing schools under the “No Child Left Behind Act” and he wants to change that when the ESEA goes up for re-authorization early next year.

The article also highlights a video interview with Duncan discussing the re-authorization of the ESEA and his plans to revamp the legislation.

What are your thoughts about the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? Read the article, “Duncan Aims to Make Incentives Key Element of ESEA” and let NSSEA know your thoughts!

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On October 20, 2009 Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in a town hall meeting where he will engage teachers across the America about the future of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

 The town hall meeting is set to occur at 8:00pm eastern time and will be televised live on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) station WETA. During the discussion, Duncan will be taking comments and questions from teachers via video, email, telephone and from the studio audience and viewers will have the opportunity to listen to the perspective of teachers and their views about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 This town hall meeting is a series of discussions that the secretary will have with various education groups in efforts to further the discussion on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

For more information about this upcoming town hall meeting, visit: http://www.edgovblogs.org/duncan/2009/09/town-hall-with-teachers-join-the-discussion/ and for more information about other discussions occurring later this year, visit: http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml.

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In a meeting last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan hinted that the Department of Education is ready to begin reauthorization efforts for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

Duncan—who voiced his priorities to 200 representatives from education associations, think tanks, and community groups—reassured them that the administration would be considerate of their concerns during the reauthorization process.

He wants the new version of the law to include language that will expand learning time in classrooms, devise an accountability system that measures student progress and use data to guide instruction and teacher evaluation. Duncan also wants to supply under-performing schools with effective teachers and principals.

To further launch the reauthorization efforts, two of Duncan’s top deputies—Thelma Melendez, who is the assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education, and Carmel Martin, who is the department’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development—will hold a series of meetings focused on the reauthorization of ESEA.

For more information about the stakeholder meetings and the reauthorization of ESEA, visit: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/09/09242009.html.

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