Elementary and Secondary Education Act

"A Student is More Than A Test Score"

NCLB/ESEA Resources:

PSEA and NEA are seeking major changes in the "No Child Left Behind" legislation (the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act). This section contains more information about the legislation and proposed changes from PSEA and the NEA.

NEA's Position
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is the current incarnation of President Lyndon Johnson’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), whose purpose was to raise achievement and close achievement gaps. NEA strongly supports these goals and is working to give all children great public schools. But educators know that NCLB as currently written can’t get us there.

NEA has issued many statements and proposals for rewriting and improving the law.

Position Principles :

  • ESEA should promote innovation, high expectations, and encourage development of 21st century skills in public schools.
  • ESEA should end the obsession with high-stakes, poor-quality tests by developing high-quality assessment systems that provide multiple ways for students to show what they have learned.
  • ESEA should help provide great educators and school leaders for every student.
  • ESEA should promote public education as a shared responsibility of parents, communities, educators, and policymakers.
  • ESEA should provide increased funding to all states and school districts to meet the growing demand for globally-competitive education of U.S. students.





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