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Miscellaneous & Overarching (Misc.)
Summary of Recommendations
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 all organizations' original recommendations for Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.) are listed in this report. Please see the main page for additional reports and sources for the database.

Highlights
(See Abbreviation Key at end of table)

Organizations that addressed this issue: 10 of 15
AASA; AFT; Comm. NCLB; CCSSO; ECS; NAESP; NASBE; NCSL; NGA; and NSBA

Organizations that did not address this issue5 of 15
BCSA; Ed Trust; FEA; NASSP; and NEA

Comments
ECS created a Miscellaneous/Overarching category to capture recommendations that were broader statements about NCLB and education reform. We chose not to exclude these suggestions, for they contribute to a comprehensive discussion of the nation's efforts to improve schools and the education system. We did not attempt, however, to summarize this section since the proposals and comments ran the gamut and often had little in common.


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 : American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Establish independent board to review change and waiver requests to state NCLB plans and federal responses.  
Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require Education Department to disclose rulings made on state plans, including change and waiver requests.  
Misc. 3 - Summary of Recommendation Limit federal government's ability to add program requirements without appropriate regulatory process or new legislation.  
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Maintain closing achievement gap focus, set challenging but attainable goals and hold all students and schools accountable for results.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Commission on No Child Left Behind (Comm. NCLB)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Allow parents and others to hold districts, states and the Education Department accountable for implementing NCLB.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation

CCSSO’s goal for NCLB reauthorization is to prepare every child for postsecondary education, work and citizenship. Broad recommendations include:  

  • Increased state and local support and autonomy for standards, assessments, accountability, teacher quality and data systems.
  • Building state and local capacity to improve low-performing districts and schools
  • Increased investment in research, innovation, technical assistance and collaboration to inform standards-based reforms.

Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require peer review process for NCLB decisions to focus on technical assistance, full transparency, communication with states, consistency and timeliness.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Embrace NCLB as a civil rights issue and commit to an unprecedented opportunity to raise expectations and narrow achievement gaps.
Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Do not retreat on NCLB's promises or possibilities, provide flexibility for states to meet goals and give credit for progress. 
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Education Trust (Ed Trust)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure states have primary responsibility for assessing and improving school quality.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation NASBE’s guiding principles recommend: flexible assessments, alignment of state and federal accountability systems, use of growth models, teacher quality flexibility for high-need subjects, state capacity investment, and transparency between federal and state officials.
Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure federal requirements for state assessments help motivate student learning and monitor academic progress.
Misc. 3 - Summary of Recommendation

Ensure federal accountability requirements are broadly supported, sustainable and adaptable, and include incentives for high performance.

Misc. 4 - Summary of Recommendation Require transparency and disclosure of NCLB flexibility and waivers granted to states by Education Department.
Misc. 5 - Summary of Recommendation Grant special consideration to small, rural and limited resource schools in meeting NCLB requirements.
Misc. 6 - Summary of Recommendation NASBE Overarching Policy Recommendation
Effective teacher quality policies must include: state education board authority over teacher licensure and certification; pre-service teacher education programs aligned with K-12 standards; rigorous and comprehensive teacher preparation programs; elimination of emergency certification; performance-based approval for teacher education programs; and state-established background check process.
Misc. 7 - Summary of Recommendation NASBE Overarching Policy Recommendation
True high school reform should: focus on literacy, school structure, teacher quality and dropout prevention; eliminate need for remediation; allow students to access online and higher education courses; create high school and postsecondary continuum; and ensure relevant, challenging and integrated curricula.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Amend NCLB to revitalize state-federal partnership that ensures accountability for results and enables state/local innovation.
Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Clarify conditions placed on states' federal funds for increasing student proficiency and limit financial consequences for not participating in NCLB.
Misc. 3 - Summary of Recommendation Direct Education Department to adopt appeals process for flexibility, exemption and waiver requests that are denied.
Misc. 4 - Summary of Recommendation Provide urban and rural communities with incentives and flexibility to meet NCLB requirements without prescriptive definitions and sanctions.
Misc. 5 - Summary of Recommendation Conduct research on distance learning to help students/schools meet NCLB’s goals, identify barriers to distance learning and disseminate research.
Misc. 6 - Summary of Recommendation Expand definition of "rural" for isolated districts/schools than was previously adopted by Education Department.
Misc. 7 - Summary of Recommendation Allow states flexibility to allocate costs of educating homeless students among districts.
Misc. 8 - Summary of Recommendation Limit time districts are responsible for costs of homeless children's education in their new district.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Education Association (NEA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation No recommendations identified for this issue.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National Governors Association (NGA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Recognize and reinforce governors' role in education and require state education departments to consult with governors on NCLB.
Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Create a P-16 alignment of NCLB's goals and requirements with other federal education and workforce laws.
Misc. 3 - Summary of Recommendation Grant secretary of education enhanced NCLB waiver authority for unforeseen circumstances, such as emergencies, natural disasters or economic downturns.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)

NCLB Reauthorization : National School Boards Association (NSBA)
Capacity Building, Innovation and Research & Development (CIRD)
Miscellaneous/Overarching (Misc.)
Misc. 1 - Summary of Recommendation Provide waivers for NCLB provisions, especially if burdensome or duplicative of state requirements.
Misc. 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require Education Department to publish state plan amendments and waivers on its Web site in timely manner and clear language. 
Misc. 3 - Summary of Recommendation Ensure waivers or revisions to NCLB plans granted to one state are available to other states.
Parent and Community Involvement (CPI)


Abbreviation Key for Organizations
AASA = American Association of School Administrators
AFT = American Federation of Teachers
BCSA = Business Coalition for Student Achievement
Comm. NCLB = Commission on No Child Left Behind
CCSSO = Council of Chief State School Officers
ECS = Education Commission of the States
Ed Trust = Education Trust
FEA = Forum on Educational Accountability
NAESP = National Association of Elementary School Principals
NASBE = National Association of State Boards of Education
NASSP = National Association of Secondary School Principals
NCSL = National Conference of State Legislatures
NEA = National Education Association
NGA = National Governors Association
NSBA = National School Boards Association


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