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Letter to the House urging Members to co-sign Dear Colleague Letter (Gwen Moore)

June 23, 2010

Dear Representative:

As Congress begins discussion of reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), reform of the accountability system should be front and center.  NEA believes that we must replace the “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) system with one that recognizes schools that make progress toward achieving learning goals and correctly identifies struggling schools in order to provide meaningful support instead of punishment.

The Moore dear colleague calls for the use of a continuous improvement plan that relies on multiple indicators.  The letter states that “ESEA’s new framework should facilitate states’ achievement of the following goals:

  • Recognize areas of growth in all schools and states—and recognize that all students can learn and all schools can improve.
  • Identify schools and programs that may offer innovative approaches or platforms for other schools so that promising practices can be identified and evaluated.
  • Provide feedback to schools on areas of possible growth or improvement (including support in one or more areas, if warranted).
  • Identify which schools are either “persistently low-achieving” or that demonstrate “significant educational opportunity gaps” in order to direct intensive resources and intervention supports to them.”

We urge you to add your name to this important letter.  To cosign the dear colleague, please contact Steffany Stern in Representative Moore’s office at steffany.stern@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Kim Anderson 
Director of Government Relations