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Business Coalition for Student Achievement (BCSA)
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 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 Reauthorized 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 2 - Summary of Recommendation

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

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 5 - Summary of Recommendation Close loopholes allowing states to “game” NCLB accountability and undermine 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 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 3 - Summary of Recommendation

Increase and align science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) funding with NCLB goals 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 5 - Summary of Recommendation

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

ASC 6 - Summary of Recommendation Fund better assessments for students with disabilities and 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 2 - Summary of Recommendation Support education innovations, such as charter schools, diverse providers and technology integration. 
CIRD 3 - Summary of Recommendation Fund R&D 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 2 - Summary of Recommendation Require districts to provide parents with timely and understandable information on SES and school choice options.
CI 3 - Summary of Recommendation Target funding, assistance and 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 2 - Summary of Recommendation

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

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.
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 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 3 - Summary of Recommendation

Increase opportunities for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, honors and 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 2 - Summary of Recommendation

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

SL 3 - Summary of Recommendation Base teacher and principal evaluations primarily on improved student performance.
SL 4 - Summary of 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.
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.
Teaching Quality (TQ)
TQ 1 - Summary of Recommendation Define qualified teachers with 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 3 - Summary of Recommendation

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

TQ 4 - Summary of Recommendation

Base principal and teacher evaluations primarily on improved student performance.

TQ 5 - Summary of 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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