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Accountability systems are only as good as the data on which they are based, which is one of the sobering lessons of the NCLB era. As the pressure increases on the federal government to update ESEA, policymakers ought to focus on designing an accountability system that will have more validity, reliability, fairness, and transparency.
As NYC Mayor de Blasio and his new chancellor, Carmen Fariña dive into the city's education system, their focus on assessment accountability should be " view[ed]...as a grand chance for a course correction."
As red ink continues to recede from state budgets nationwide, states and districts will find new opportunities to make smart investments in public education. The administrators who recognize the lessons of No Child Left Behind – both good and bad – will make the smartest choices.
Should No Child Left Behind be thought of as a well-intentioned initiative that failed? Or did it make some progress in its stated goal of improving academic achievement, particularly for disadvantaged students?
US urban school districts are successfully innovating to improve students' performance in reading and math, but more work must be done. The key to continued improvements is reforming these districts' instructional and organizational practices and supporting effective implementation of new Common Core State Standards.
These recommended changes to Title I--a key provision of No Child Left Behind--could make significant improvements when it comes to what goes on in America’s schools and school systems day-to-day.
In this conference, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, mental health and disability experts, and an economist will discuss current hurdles to rehabilitation, and suggest alternatives that could more effectively expedite the reintegration of veterans into their families, communities, and workplaces.
Please join Representative Randy Forbes (R-VA), AEI, the Heritage Foundation, and the Foreign Policy Initiative for a timely discussion on the 2014 QDR and the future of American defense strategy in an era of constrained budgets.
This event is livestream only.
AEI’s Philanthropic Freedom Project welcomes Bill Gates for an exclusive event at AEI.