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Reject the 'Highly Qualified Effective Teacher' (HQET) Mandate

The Aspen Institute's NCLB Commission  issued a report Feb. 13 recommending changes for the upcoming reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

While the report makes some positive recommendations in areas such as using growth models in the NCLB accountability system, unfortunately many of the commission's proposals are ill-conceived, and one in particular proposes adding more hoops for teachers to jump through. 

Specifically, the commission would add on top of the current "highly qualified" requirements a new "highly qualified effective teacher" (HQET) requirement. This new mandate would apply to all reading, math, and science teachers, who would be evaluated in large part based on student learning gains on their students' standardized test scores. Another part of the rating would be based on a principal's evaluation. 

 NEA opposes this proposal.

Tell your members of Congress to reject the NCLB Commission's ill-conceived "highly qualified effective teacher" mandate. Ask them instead to support NEA's Positive Agenda for ESEA Reauthorization.

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