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NEA's Message to Members of Congress on Reauthorization of ESEA

March 21, 2007

1. Use more than test scores to measure student learning and school performance.

  • Include multiple measures of student learning and school effectiveness instead of the current one-day snapshot based solely on standardized tests.
  • Reward progress over time to improve student achievement at all levels.
  • Recognize individual needs of students (Special education; ELL).

2. Reduce class size to help students learn.

  • Restore the class size reduction program.

3. Increase the number of highly qualified teachers in our schools.

  • Provide financial incentives to teachers who teach in hard-to-staff schools.
  • Allow teachers who have achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to be deemed "highly qualified."
  • Provide flexibility for teachers of multiple subjects, including special education and rural educators.

RELATED LINKS

  • anc_dyn_linksNEA's Positive Agenda for ESEA Reauthorization