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NSBA Unveils NCLB Legislative Proposal

Ohanian Comment: There's not much to cheer about here. The NSBA accepts standardized tests as the measure of adequate progress and they accept the goal of getting all kids on grade level by 2014.

When will a national professional organization point out the Standardista emperor has no clothes?

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2005
Contact: Linda Embrey
703-838-6737; press@nsba.org
Grand Hyatt Press Room
202-624-8024 1/31/05 Only

NSBA's NCLB Legislative Proposal
full text of the proposed bill
NSBA NCLB Resolution
more resouces on the proposal

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Alexandria, Va., January 31, The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today unveiled a series of legislative recommendations to the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law designed to make the law work more effectively for all students, schools, and school districts.

The proposed changes to NCLB were outlined at the association's annual Federal Relations Network Conference at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

More than 800 school board leaders, who are members of NSBA's Federal Relations Network, will be meeting with members of Congress on Tuesday to encourage
changes to NCLB.

"We believe that legislative changes to NCLB are important to make sure that all students benefit from the law's provisions," said Anne L. Bryant, NSBA executive director. "Our proposal eases the financial burden on districts and gives schools and states more flexibility in meeting the law's requirements. We also want to make sure that the information provided to the public about achievement levels accurately reflects performance by students, schools, and districts."

The proposed changes fall into three categories: measuring adequate yearly progress (AYP), state flexibility, and sanctions.

The proposal includes redefining AYP to more accurately measure progress of specific groups of students, strengthening the connection between sanctions and specific student achievement progress needs, and allowing states to be more innovative and use their own accountability systems.

"Local school boards welcome the increased accountability for improving student achievement that comes from NCLB," said George H. McShan, NSBA President and school board member from Harlingen, Texas. "But, Congress must address these changes in order to protect the credibility of NCLB and maintain the public's confidence in our public schools."

The National School Boards Association is a national federation of state school boards associations that represent more than 95,000 school board members who govern the nation's public schools. The organization's mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education throughout the United States through local school board leadership.

NOTE: You can access NCLB's full proposal at


— Press Release
National School Boards Association (NSBA)


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