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These states and districts are proving that public education can teach all children to higher levels. It is clear that the No Child Left Behind Act is spurring real change.
The law also is serving another important function: identifying those schools that are not making progress with all students. NCLB shines a welcome light on these schools, so they can receive extra attention, support and resources to ensure that all children meet high standards. Unfortunately, millions of parents and students who still are waiting for improvement efforts to help their schools can attest that success is still a long way off.
“Black educators welcome the focus on how well black students are being educated,” Lawson said. “We see the focus on achievement gaps as an opportunity to help public education improve, and we’re ready to lead these efforts.” Superintendents who are members of NABSE lead public school districts that educate more than one in four African-American public school students.
While NABSE and the Education Trust know the law isn’t perfect, the overall concept is both positive and powerful. And both organizations agree wholeheartedly that more money -- from federal, state and local sources – should be forthcoming to help the neediest children achieve at high levels. But both organizations know that more money alone won’t get the job done.
"Extra supports for students and teachers must be paired with rigorous accountability systems to ensure schools better serve students of color, students from poor families, students with disabilities and students still learning English," said Kati Haycock, Director of The Education Trust.
The heartening news is that educators all over the country are embracing the accountability goals and redoubling their efforts on behalf of children. “Let’s not forget that, in spite of all the overblown rhetoric and misinformation, classroom teachers report being more satisfied with their work this year than in any of the previous 20 years,” Haycock said, referring to the results of a recent Harris Interactive poll.
"The important national work of educating all children to high standards has just begun in earnest," said Stephanie Robinson, Principal Partner of The Education Trust and former deputy superintendent of public schools in Kansas City, Mo.
"This law represents the most significant change in federal education policy in decades," Robinson added, "and it is imperative that we give it the chance to fulfill its early promise and transform education for all."
The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, kindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement gaps that separate low-income students and students of color from other youth. Our basic tenet is this — All children will learn at high levels when they are taught to high levels.
The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children - particularly children of African descent. NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.
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