Kicking off the 112 th Session of Congress: Federal Education Policy Overview. Noelle Ellerson American Association of School Administrators. Economic Environment. State and local economies struggling to experience the stability and recovery starting to take hold at the federal level.
American Association of School Administrators
State and local economies struggling to experience the stability and recovery starting to take hold at the federal level.
Continued issue of supplement/supplant from ARRA and, now, education jobs fund.
Confluence of the end of ARRA (2010-11/2011-12 school years) and the delayed economic recovery represent very real obstacle to schools as they try to balance increased emphasis on innovation with ever slimmer operating budgets.
Federal Assistance Focused on Poverty
Reformers think charter schools are essential everywhere for large, wide scale improvement in student outcomes
Educators think some charter schools work about as well as regular public schools, and ought to be a local option.
The latest high quality research says that 17% of charters get significantly better results than traditional public schools and that 37% get significantly worse results. CREDO, Stanford University, June 2009
Separating the false link that current statute places between accountability and assessment.
Focus the federal government on serving students in poverty.
Services should meet not only their academic needs but also provide a continuum of services from mental health to afterschool enrichment.
We should shift away from a punitive system to one that rewards achieving and maintaining success.
Assessments should be aligned to high standards but truly measure individual students where they are.
Fight the shift to competitive grants away from more traditional formula grants as they lead to inequality.
Two consortia, representing 44 states and DC.
Eleven states belong to both, 6 to neither
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) hosts 31 states and received $160 million
Partnership for Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) hosts 26 states and received $170 million
AASA is active in coalition to push for IDEA full funding
Expect bills from Rep. VanHollen and Sen. Harkin
Chrmn. Kline is long supporter of IDEA funding, though shies away from mandatory
FY11 CR proposed $557.7 m cut
FY12 proposal includes $200 m increase