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Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
NCLB Reauthorization

To better inform the national debate on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) reauthorization, ECS collected and synthesized recommendations by national organizations to improve the federal law.

ECS' database is organized around 16 issue areas that captured most recommendations. Some organizations did not offer recommendations for all issues, at least according to our analysis. And several recommendations appear more than once since they applied to multiple issue areas.

The summary and full text of the Business Coalition for Student Achievement's (BCSA) original recommendations are listed in this report. Please see the main database page for additional reports.

Highlights
Issues addressed: 11 of 16

Adequate Yearly Progress; Assessment, Standards and Curriculum; Capacity, Innovation and Research & Development; Consequences and Interventions; Data Systems and Reporting; English Language Learners; High Schools; School Leadership; Students with Disabilities; Supplemental Education Services; and Teaching Quality.

Issues not addressed: 5 of 16
Early Childhood; Finance; Other Programs; School Safety; and Miscellaneous/Overarching.

Areas of emphasis
Assessment, Standards and Curriculum; Adequate Yearly Progress; and Teaching Quality.

Source:
Framework for Reauthorizing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act: Recommendations to Improve and Strengthen the Law (January 2007)


Visit ECS' Database on NCLB Reauthorization main page for more information, explanations and access to organizations' original reports. Please note that ECS plans to expand the database as more information becomes available.

Database Last Updated: July 2007

This database was created and compiled by Mary Fulton, ECS policy analyst.
For questions and comments: 303.299.3679 or mfulton@ecs.org
NCLB Reauthorization : Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
AYP 1 - Summary of Recommendation

Hold high schools accountable for increasing the graduation rate, using a common definition, and graduating students ready for college and work.

AYP 1 - Full Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to raise academic standards and improve assessments to align them with college and workplace expectations.

These incentives should enable states to r
eform secondary schools and hold them accountable for increasing the graduation rate, using the common definition adopted by the nation’s governors, and graduating students who are ready for college and work.

 

AYP 2 - Summary of Recommendation

Add science to AYP and support state participation in NAEP science assessments.

AYP 2 - Full Recommendation

Add science to the adequate yearly progress (AYP) accountability system and support state participation in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessments.

AYP 3 - Summary of Recommendation Provide guidance on differentiating degree to which and reasons schools/districts miss AYP and focus resources on those with highest need.
AYP 3 - Full Recommendation Provide guidance on ways that states can differentiate among districts and schools that are close to or far from making adequate yearly progress, and ensure that resources for improvement focus on those with the highest concentrations of underperforming students.
AYP 4 - Summary of Recommendation Allow year-to-year growth and other methods for measuring student achievement toward proficiency.
AYP 4 - Full Recommendation Permit states to use rigorous measures of year-to-year growth in student academic achievement and other methods verified by the Secretary that are consistent with the goal of all students reaching proficiency in reading, math and science.
AYP 5 - Summary of Recommendation Close loopholes allowing states to “game” NCLB accountability and undermine school restructuring.
AYP 5 - Full Recommendation Close loopholes that allow states to use statistical means to “game” the accountability system and undermine the intent of school restructuring.
Assessment, Standards and Curriculum (ASC)
ASC 1 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to align state standards with college and workplace expectations for high school graduates.

ASC 1 - Full Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to raise academic standards and improve assessments to align them with college and workplace expectations.

These incentives should enable states to:

  • Improve state standards and assessments regularly, with input from business and higher education, so that students graduate from high school having demonstrated proficiency on assessments of the core knowledge, advanced problem-solving skills and critical thinking capacities needed to succeed in both postsecondary education and the workplace.

 

ASC 2 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to align standards and assessments with college and workplace expectations and benchmark them to world's best.

ASC 2 - Full Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to raise academic standards and improve assessments to align them with college and workplace expectations.

These incentives should enable states to:

  • Develop state consortia to collaborate on the development of standards and assessments benchmarked to the best in the world.

 

ASC 3 - Summary of Recommendation

Increase and align science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) funding with NCLB goals and require rigorous program evaluation.

ASC 3 - Full Recommendation

Increase and align science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) funding with the goals of NCLB and require rigorous program evaluation.

 

ASC 4 - Summary of Recommendation

Scale up programs to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

ASC 4 - Full Recommendation

Focus federal funding on scaling up programs to improve teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects, such as Math Now and Math and Science Partnerships.

ASC 5 - Summary of Recommendation

Add science to AYP and support state participation in NAEP science assessments.

ASC 5 - Full Recommendation

Add science to the adequate yearly progress (AYP) accountability system and support state participation in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science assessments.

ASC 6 - Summary of Recommendation Fund better assessments for students with disabilities and ELL students.
ASC 6 - Full Recommendation Fund development of better assessments for students with disabilities and English language learner (ELL) students.
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
CIRD 1 - Summary of Recommendation Increase state capacity to assist schools that face AYP sanctions.
CIRD 1 - Full Recommendation Increase capacity of states and other entities to better assist schools that need help making AYP and that are facing corrective action and/or restructuring.
CIRD 2 - Summary of Recommendation Support education innovations, such as charter schools, diverse providers and technology integration. 
CIRD 2 - Full Recommendation Continue support for innovation, such as charter schools, diverse provider models and techniques that effectively integrate technology into appropriate aspects of teaching, learning and management.
CIRD 3 - Summary of Recommendation Fund R&D on promising ways to improve school and student performance.
CIRD 3 - Full Recommendation Fund research and development on promising ways to improve school and student performance.
Consequences and Interventions (CI)
CI 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide guidance on differentiating degree to which and reasons schools/districts miss AYP and focus resources on those with highest need.
CI 1 - Full Recommendation Provide guidance on ways that states can differentiate among districts and schools that are close to or far from making adequate yearly progress, and ensure that resources for improvement focus on those with the highest concentrations of underperforming students.
CI 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require districts to provide parents with timely and understandable information on SES and school choice options.
CI 2 - Full Recommendation Require districts to provide parents with timely and easily understood information on their options and allow them to choose either supplemental education services or moving to a higher performing public school.
CI 3 - Summary of Recommendation Target funding, assistance and effective educators to high-need schools.
CI 3 - Full Recommendation Target funding, assistance and distribution of effective educators to high-need schools.
Data Systems and Reporting (DSR)
DSR 1 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide resources for sophisticated statewide data systems that use longitudinal data to inform decisionmaking.

DSR 1 - Full Recommendation

Based on commitments from states, provide resources to develop statewide data systems that offer timely and accurate collection, analysis and use of high quality longitudinal data that align to district systems to inform decision making and ultimately to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

DSR 2 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide educator training on using data to improve instruction and student interventions.

DSR 2 - Full Recommendation

Provide educator training on the use of data to differentiate instruction for students, especially for those who are not yet proficient and those who are more advanced.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)
ECE 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
English Language Learners (ELL)
ELL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Fund better assessments for students with disabilities and ELL students.
ELL 1 - Full Recommendation Fund development of better assessments for special education students and English language learner (ELL) students.
Funding Issues (FI)
FI 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
High Schools (HS)
HS 1 - Summary of Recommendation

Provide incentives to align state standards with college and workplace expectations for high school graduates.

HS 1 - Full Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to raise academic standards and improve assessments to align them with college and workplace expectations.

These incentives should enable states to:

  • Improve state standards and assessments regularly, with input from business and higher education, so that students graduate from high school having demonstrated proficiency on assessments of the core knowledge, advanced problem-solving skills and critical thinking capacities needed to succeed in both postsecondary education and the workplace.

 

HS 2 - Summary of Recommendation

Hold high schools accountable for increasing the graduation rate, using a common definition, and graduating students ready for college and work.

HS 2 - Full Recommendation

Provide incentives for states to raise academic standards and improve assessments to align them with college and workplace expectations.
These incentives should enable states to:

  • Reform secondary schools and hold them accountable for increasing the graduation rate, using the common definition adopted by the nation’s governors, and graduating students who are ready for college and work.
HS 3 - Summary of Recommendation

Increase opportunities for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, honors and certification courses.

 

HS 3 - Full Recommendation

Increase opportunities for high school students to participate in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, honors and appropriate industry-recognized certification courses.

 

Other Programs (OP)
OP 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Safe Schools (SS)
SS 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
School Leadership (SL)
SL 1 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure principal and teacher policies improve student performance and prepare them for postsecondary education and work. Require institutions responsible for educator effectiveness to be evaluated.
SL 1 - Full Recommendation Align principal and teacher preparation, recruitment, induction, retention and professional development with the knowledge and skills needed to improve student performance and to enable all students to graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and the workplace. Require the institutions and other entities that receive funding for these purposes to evaluate their impact on increased educator effectiveness.
SL 2 - Summary of Recommendation

Institute performance-based pay to improve student achievement and recruit principals and teachers to high need subjects and schools.

SL 2 - Full Recommendation

Institute performance- and market-based pay programs that: reward educators whose performance contributes to substantial growth in student achievement, attract and retain effective math and science teachers and adjunct faculty, and draw effective teachers and leaders to high-need schools.

SL 3 - Summary of Recommendation Base teacher and principal evaluations primarily on improved student performance.
SL 3 - Full Recommendation Develop teacher and principal evaluation systems based primarily on improved student performance.
SL 4 - Summary of Recommendation

Implement policies and practices to quickly and fairly remove ineffective educators.

SL 4 - Full Recommendation

Implement policies and practices to quickly and fairly remove ineffective educators.

Students with Disabilities (SWD)
SWD 1 - Summary of Recommendation Fund better assessments for students with disabilities and ELL students.
SWD 1 - Full Recommendation Fund development of better assessments for students with disabilities and English language learner (ELL) students.
Supplemental Education Services (SES)
SES 1 - Summary of Recommendation Require districts to provide parents with timely and understandable information on SES and school choice options.
SES 1 - Full Recommendation Require districts to provide parents with timely and easily understood information on their options and allow them to choose either supplemental education services or moving to a higher performing public school.
Teaching Quality (TQ)
TQ 1 - Summary of Recommendation Define qualified teachers with focus on "highly effective teachers."
TQ 1 - Full Recommendation

Shift current definition of "highly qualified teachers" to a focus on "highly effective teachers."

TQ 2 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure principal and teacher policies improve student achievement and prepare them for postsecondary education and work. Require institutions responsible for educator effectiveness to be evaluated.
TQ 2 - Full Recommendation Align principal and teacher preparation, recruitment, induction, retention and professional development with the knowledge and skills needed to improve student performance and to enable all students to graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and the workplace. Require the institutions and other entities that receive funding for these purposes to evaluate their impact on increased educator effectiveness.

TQ 3 - Summary of Recommendation

Institute performance-based pay to improve student achievement and recruit principals and teachers to high need subjects and schools.

TQ 3 - Full Recommendation

Institute performance- and market-based pay programs that: reward educators whose performance contributes to substantial growth in student achievement, attract and retain effective math and science teachers and adjunct faculty, and draw effective teachers and leaders to high-need schools.

TQ 4 - Summary of Recommendation

Base principal and teacher evaluations primarily on improved student performance.

TQ 4 - Full Recommendation Develop teacher and principal evaluation systems based primarily on improved student performance.
TQ 5 - Summary of Recommendation

Implement policies and practices to quickly and fairly remove ineffective educators.

TQ 5 - Full Recommendation

Implement policies and practices to quickly and fairly remove ineffective educators.

Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.



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