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ERIC Number: ED497884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
NCLB: Let's Get It Right. AFT's Recommendations for No Child Left Behind
American Federation of Teachers
This document suggests 18 changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in four targeted areas. Regarding Assessment and Accountability, The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) supports: (1) Implementing an accountability system that gives credit for progress and/or proficiency; (2) Creating levels for making adequate yearly progress (AYP) that distinguish struggling schools from those needing limited assistance; (3) Prohibiting unnecessary and duplicative student testing; (4) Reducing school focus on reading and math; (5) Requiring provision to teachers and parents of timely and user-friendly assessment data; (6) Including English language learners (ELLs) appropriately in assessment and accountability systems; and (7) Including students with disabilities appropriately in assessment and accountability systems. To address School Improvement Interventions, AFT advocates: (8) Providing schools and districts the resources and flexibility to implement research-based interventions; (9) Targeting interventions for schools that have not made AYP to those students in the school who are not proficient; (10) Redesigning schools that have continued to decline after receiving help; (11) Allowing schools to continue to receive interventions for at least 3 years after exiting the "in need of improvement" category; and (12) Requiring state development of a "learning environment index" for all schools and mandating that districts and states address problem areas identified by the index for schools not making AYP. Recommendations for Staffing Schools include: (13) Requiring districts to develop incentives to attract and retain qualified teachers in low-performing schools, including increased compensation, improved working conditions, meaningful professional development, a safe environment and other instructional supports; (14) Refocusing the law on improving the quality of instruction by incorporating research-base professional development and curricular supports for teachers and paraprofessionals; and (15) Requiring in-service and pre-service training and professional development for paraprofessionals. The final area discussed in this document is Funding and Systemwide Accountability. Recommendations include: (16) Grants for voluntary state consortia to develop common academic standards, curriculum and assessments; (17) Ensuring that state accountability systems are fair and accurate measure of student progress and achievement; and (18) Funding NCLB at 2001 reauthorization levels. [For 2005 document, see ED497881.]
American Federation of Teachers. 555 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Tel: 202-879-4400; Web site: http://www.aft.org
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001