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25 August, 201025 August, 2010
Folder: Adult Education
Grade Level: All (K-12)
Nearly a decade ago, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) presented states with a daunting mix of challenges that supported the creation of statewide standards and assessments and rigorous accountability requirements. Yet, as a nation, the United States still lags behind other countries in student academic achievement and in preparing its young people to succeed beyond the classroom. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education expects the gap between American students and students from top performing countries to begin to close.

As we complete the first decade of the 21st century, American educators must understand that students need a different and more diverse set of skills than their parents were taught a generation ago. The changing nature of work, technology, and competition in the global job market has far outpaced what the U.S. education system provides for students, despite the ongoing efforts of educators and communities to improve their schools.

Recognizing this, the federal government has placed new mandates on schools receiving funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which has allocated $100 billion for school improvement efforts. Of that, the $4.3 billion Race to the Top (RTTT) fund is targeted at innovative education reform divided into four areas prioritized in the ARRA, the four assurances. Moreover, the administration has called for new steps to better align the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in support of college- and career-ready standards.

Whether educators are directly involved in the chase for competitive RTTT awards or other grants from the stimulus fund, the impact of these federal initiatives will be felt by everyone in education.
  • mharveyBy mharvey 2399 Days Ago
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    As with everything else the problem begs the question
    IS it a level playing field?
    Is EVERY student expected to master everything?
    Is the school year 180 days or less?
    Are parents expected to be part of the process or are they requested?

    What you get is what you planned for!
  • brettweissBy brettweiss 2391 Days Ago
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    Stop Common Core now! Common Core does nothing to address the real problems in our schools. When it finally dies, it will leave our students less prepared for the world they are about to enter, just as No Child Left Behind did. Let's put our students first and stop caring about how politicians and school administrators want to look to the public.