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(April 20, 2015, Washington, D.C.) – The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) applauds the leadership of U.S. Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on the unanimous, bipartisan passage of the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (ECA). AACTE is pleased with the committee’s progress on the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
The bill moves away from the “test and punish” strategy that evolved from the implementation of the current version of ESEA, known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. While the bill retains the requirement for annual assessments disaggregated by subgroups, it leaves states, schools, teachers and parents to determine what to do about the results of those assessments. AACTE believes students would benefit from stronger accountability for subgroup results, but overall, the bill makes important bipartisan progress toward fixing a broken law.
AACTE is pleased with the focus of Title II of the bill, which authorizes funding for professional development for educators. The rewrite of this title incorporates several positive changes:
AACTE and multiple other education organizations shared their opposition to an amendment, proposed by Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), to include the GREAT Act in the Every Child Achieves Act. AACTE was pleased that the amendment was not offered during the committee markup and will remain vigilant as the bill moves on to consideration on the Senate floor.
AACTE looks forward to working with Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray as the Senate bill moves through the legislative process.
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