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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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