WASHINGTON, D.C. | February 3, 2015
The involvement of parents and education leaders is vital to ensuring every student in every school receives an excellent education. Yet, under the current law, states and school districts are bound by what Washington wants, not by what parents and education leaders know their children need.
The one-size-fits-all federal accountability system, known as ‘Adequate Yearly Progress,’ restricts the ability of states and school districts to effectively gauge student learning and address underperforming schools.
Strict funding requirements stunt the development of innovative local education programs.
The existing federal Charter School Program has not effectively supported the replication and expansion of proven, high-quality charter schools, and causes the demand for alternatives to underperforming traditional public schools to far outpace the supply.
While federal efforts to improve education have been well intentioned, they have hampered innovation and local school improvement efforts, and denied parents and children opportunities to escape underperforming or failing schools.
Active, engaged, and informed parents and education leaders play a critical role in ensuring every child, regardless of a family’s background, income, or zip code, has access to a high-quality education. The Student Success Act (H.R. 5) encourages state and local reform efforts and empowers parents and education leaders to hold their schools accountable for effectively teaching their students.
H.R. 5 – STUDENT SUCCESS ACT:
Expands educational options for parents and children by reforming the Charter School Program to support the development and replication of high-quality charter schools.
Ensures parents continue to have the information they need to hold schools accountable by continuing assessments in reading and math and the development of annual reports cards on the academic achievement of each subset of the student population.
Empowers parents and education leaders to hold teachers accountable by supporting efforts underway at the state and local level to evaluate teacher effectiveness.
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