Follow AAE on:

Subscribe to RSS Feed:

Chiefs for Change Issue NCLB Roadmap
posted by: Alix | May 27, 2011, 04:41 PM   

Last week, the "Chiefs for Change" education advocacy coalition released their roadmap for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly known as No Child Left Behind. In their proposal, the chiefs advocate for student-centered reforms that they claim are necessary changes to the heavily debated law.

Formed as coalition of well-known school and state education leaders, including Indiana's State Superintendent, Tony Bennett, and Rhode Island's Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education, Deborah A. Gist, the education chiefs focus primarily on positive achievements and empowering teachers and schools through reforms.

Their guiding principles led to the release of the "roadmap". Similar to the Obama administration's blueprint, the document is a guide to steering the inevitable summer debate over No Child Left Behind to a conversation about low cost, high impact reforms.

Among the recommendations, the chiefs advocate for incentivizing academic standards, increasing transparency, and encouraging and rewarding the recruitment of excellent teachers.

In respect to teachers, the coalition recommends several initiatives, including expanding performance pay and abolishing seniority-based layoff policy otherwise known as "last in, first out". "The highly effective teachers and leaders must be recruited, recognized, rewarded and supported based on their performance rather than certification or credentials," the report asserts. "Effective teachers who increase student achievement should receive additional compensation through higher salaries, bonuses or both."

In regard to professional development, the group calls for increased flexibility insisting, "Highly effective teachers should be able to choose their own professional development opportunities that will improve and enhance their skills."

The report ultimately calls on Congress to encourage and incentivize states and on districts to reform their educator hiring, firing, and compensation systems nationwide.

Although some predict that the overhaul of No Child Left Behind will not be finished by this summer, the recommendations by the "Chiefs for Change" are sure to hold weight with Congressional insiders.

Click here to read the full text of the recommendations.

What do you think of the recommendations?
Comment below.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Submit a comment
 (not published)
smaller | bigger

security code
Write the displayed characters