A Blueprint for Reform is the title of President Barack Obama’s and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s proposal to Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This Act will essentially replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB) and any subsequent documents used in place of NCLB. In 2009, Congress enacted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in response to the “great recession” of 2008. One of the many objectives of this act was to invest in and reform education focusing on four areas: (1) Improving teachers and principals in every school: (2) Providing information to families and educators to increase student learning (3) Implementing college ...view middle of the document...
States will not only be required to identify failing schools, but to recognize and reward successful schools as well. The act establishes that the culmination of these efforts will prepare student to be college and career-ready. “We will call on states, districts and schools to aim for the ambitious goal of all students graduating or on track to graduate from high school ready for college and a career by 2020.”
Another key element of the blueprint is for all schools to have great leaders and all classrooms to have great teachers. The act lays out a new approach centered around elevating the profession; focusing on recruiting, preparing, developing, and rewarding effective teachers and leaders; and strengthening pathways into teaching and school leadership positions in high-need schools. “To measure, develop, and improve the effectiveness of their teachers, leaders, and preparation programs, states and districts will be required to put in place a few specific policies and systems, including:”
1. Develop definition of highly effective teachers and leaders based on student growth while using objective measures.
2. Data systems that tie teachers and leaders to student growth
3. Evaluation systems that identify highly effective teachers and leaders, are consistent, provide feedback, and are developed in collaboration with teachers, leaders, and stakeholders.
President Obama write in a letter that preambles the act, “We know that from the moment students enter a school, the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin or the income of their parents – it...