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The new blueprint: four areas of reform.

ON MARCH 15, PRESIDENT OBAMA PRESENTED TO Congress "A Blueprint for Reform," which seeks to reform No Child Left Behind through four main areas of improvement. Education professionals' response to the Blueprint ranges extensively--many disagree with the plan and largely top-down approach to reformation, while recognizing the need for change. Changes in the Blueprint include: (1) Creating an emphasis on teacher and principal effectiveness; (2) Actively include parents and families in their children's education; (3) Implementing college- and career-ready standards and developing improved assessments aligned with those standards; and (4) Provide funding, support and intervention for the lowest-performing schools.


Supporters of the Blueprint believe it is a vast improvement from NCLB because it holds schools accountable for graduation rates in addition to test scores, offers a menu of intervention options for low-performing schools, provides flexibility, and rewards and shows examples of exemplary

districts by tying grant money to actual results.


Many education professionals are disappointed with the Blueprint, believing it fails to outline how parents' efforts in their child's education will be supported, offers little flexibility in how low-performing schools will be turned around, continues to rely on faulty assessments, has an over reliance on competitive grants, and relies toe heavily on standardized testing creating a winners-and-losers scenario.


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Title Annotation:BRIEFINGS: Standards
Author:Horan, KeriLee
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2010
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