ASCD Releases 2014 Legislative Agenda
ASCD's 2014 Legislative Agenda urges a shift from the overreliance on high-stakes testing in determining student achievement, educator effectiveness, and school quality to a broader, more meaningful vision of success that supports each student from early childhood through graduation. Recently released during ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA), the agenda is developed by ASCD's Legislative Committee and establishes the association’s policy priorities.
The 2014 agenda offers four key policy recommendations:
- A Well-Rounded Education: All students deserve comprehensive and engaging opportunities that prepare them for college and careers and to be active, productive citizens.
- Conditions for Learning: Students need a strong foundation of support—including in-school social-emotional learning and meaningful parental and community engagement—to attain their full potential.
- Multimetric Accountability: Standardized tests should never be the primary measure of student or educator proficiency; instead, accountability systems must use a variety of measures, incorporate important nonacademic factors, and include a range of subjects.
- Developing Educator Effectiveness: Educator preparation and ongoing professional development must provide personalized support that recognizes educators' strengths and enhances their growth.
ASCD's Executive Director Dr. Gene Carter recognizes that educators know the importance of being a champion for the whole child. In his latest column, Dr. Carter outlines how the agenda's recommendations will lead to policies that better support educators' efforts to teach the whole child and prepare their students for college, career, and citizenship success. He writes that "ASCD will tirelessly advocate for these priorities on behalf of our members throughout the year;" however, "Congress needs to hear from you, too."
ASCD's legislative agenda (PDF) is only as effective as the educators who use it to advocate on behalf of their colleagues, schools, and students. We encourage you to make these recommendations your own by incorporating your personal examples of how they can enhance your work and help you meet your students' needs. Share the agenda with colleagues, and use it as a guide for your own policy discussions and advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal levels.
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