By 2010, the worldwide ranking of American students had slipped to 29th in math, 22nd in science and 20th in reading. There is great desire to raise the academic performance of our students. Most states have developed tests to evaluate the performances of students and teachers. Those results are then compared with the scores in other parts of the nation to improve learning conditions in the lesser-performing areas. Sometimes tests are used to blame teachers for poor student achievement. Teacher groups cite poor school facilities, crime and insufficient budgets as reasons why all our children are not performing as well as desired. Not surprisingly, a disparity has been found to exist in the quality of an education received by students living in high-income areas compared with their peers from low-income areas. Many administrators believe one reason our studentâ€™s performance is slipping is because each state does not teach the same academic material and skills. Their solution has been an initiative called he Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative which was created to establish consistent educational standards across the states. CCSS is a program that prescribes what k-12 students should learn in mathematics and English language arts/literacy by the time they complete each grade. If successful, all students will have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to graduate from high school, succeed in college and perhaps also in life, regardless of where they live. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted CCSS. However, some states wish to set their own academic standards.
S.1112 & H.R.768 – Securing Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership, Learning, And Results Act of 2013
H.R.2316 – Success in the Middle Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current school teacher policy and wish to defeat S.1112 & H.R.768 and H.R.2316
I support efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of school teachers and principals for comparison to their counterparts in other local educational areas, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce S.1112 or H.R.768 – Securing Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership, Learning and Results Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.
I support Common Core State Standards and awarding grants to implement a comprehensive middle school improvement plan that describes for each school, what students must master to successfully complete middle and secondary school coursework; with priority given to schools with a high proportion of middle grade students that matriculate to secondary schools with graduation rates below 65%; schools with more than 25% of the students who finish sixth grade exhibiting key risk factors for failure; and a majority of middle grade students not rated proficient on required state assessments in mathematics, reading, or language arts, and wish to identify a legislator who will either reintroduce H.R.2316 – Success in the Middle Act of 2013 (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.