Reauthorization of ESEA: Committee Hearings Start Today

Posted by Holly / on 01/21/2015 / 0 Comments

Categories: About SCEE/CCSSO, NCLB/ESEA

The Senate HELP Committee has two committee meetings posted. The first one is today. "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability" will be held at 9:30 AM Eastern. The second full committee hearing on reauthorization of ESEA, "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Supporting Teachers and School Leaders," will be held Tuesday, January 27th at 10 AM Eastern. The witnesses testifying today are listed below. The list of witnesses for the hearing on supporting teachers and school leaders has not yet been published. I've also included CCSSO's Priorities for the Reauthorization of ESEA for your reference below. To stream the hearings click here or go to

The witnesses for "Fixing No Child Left Behind: Testing and Accountability" include:

Dr. Marty West , Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Mr. Paul Leather , Deputy Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Education, Concord, NH

Mr. Tom Boasberg , Superintendent, Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO

Ms. Jia Lee , Fourth and Fifth Grade Special Education Teacher, Earth School, New York, NY

Mr. Wade Henderson , President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund, Washington, Washington

Mr. Stephen Lazar , Eleventh Grade US History and English Teacher, Harvest Collegiate High School, New York, NY

CCSSO's Priorities for the Reauthorization of ESEA:

• Assessments: States must evaluate all students annually in reading/language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8, and once in high school on assessments aligned with college- and career-ready standards. States must evaluate all students in science one time in each grade span (3-5, 6-9, and 10-12).

• Accountability: States will have flexibility in designing and implementing state-developed accountability systems that continue to make annual determinations for each school and district and support all students as they make progress toward college- and career-ready expectations.

• Evaluations: States should have the responsibility and flexibility to design and improve teacher and principal effectiveness systems. ESEA should allow, but not require, states to use federal funds for development and implementation of those systems.

• Funding and Flexibility: States will have the ability to meet federal requirements through additional flexibility in the way federal funds are allocated. For example, states should be given the authority to combine and utilize federal title funds to better serve disadvantaged students.

Click here for the CCSSO press release on the ESEA Key Priorities. At the bottom of the press release, you can also download a more in-depth explanation of the CCSSO ESEA Key Priorities 



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