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American Association of School AdministratorsStatement on the PDK/Gallup Education Poll

Note that AASA was the first professional organization to oppose the passage of NCLB in 2001. Most professional organizations have not behaved even a fraction as well.


ARLINGTON, Va. â The American Association of School Administrators, the professional organization for school superintendents and other school system leaders, today issued the following statement on the Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Publicâs Attitudes Toward the Public Schools released today:

âThe PDK/Gallup Poll results reveal a steady and significant erosion in public support for the No Child Left Behind law over the last four years. The fact is, the more people know about the law, the less they like it.

âAASA was the first educational association to oppose the passage of No Child Left Behind in 2001, and we are heartened that the public has come to recognize the fatal flaws in the law, and to demand a better way of measuring student success.

âAmong its many flaws, No Child Left Behind â a nickname applied to the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act â has narrowed the curriculum and focused on test results to the exclusion of a broader educational experience. AASA has outlined recommendations
for a new and improved version of the ESEA.

âOn the more positive side, the PDK/Gallup Poll results reveal a high level of support among the American people for the schools in their communities. This support is critical to the success of public education. For the most part, the more the public knows about their schools, the better they like them. School system leaders should be proud of this trend, while recognizing that we need to continue to build systems that support educators and emphasize meaningful and engaged learning for all students.â

About AASA
The American Association of School Administrators, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders across the United States. AASAâs mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASAâs major focus is standing up for public education. For more information, visit www.aasa.org .

Contact Information: Amy Vogt, Communications and Media Relations Manager, 703-875-0723, avogt@aasa.org

— Press Release
American Association of School Administrators


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