A May Roundup from ASCD’s Policy Pros

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May Policy RoundupBelow you will find a list of the hottest topics in education policy from May 2014.

  • How well do we support the whole child as a nation? ASCD recently released new ASCD Whole Child Snapshots highlighting how well each state is meeting the comprehensive needs of its children. The snapshots feature data aligned with the five tenets of ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative—ensuring children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Together, the data provide a more complete picture of child well-being that extends beyond standardized test scores. See how your state compares with others across the nation.
  • According to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) news release, 12th grade student performance in mathematics and reading has leveled since 2009 on a national scale. Twenty-six percent of students scored at or above the proficiency level in math and 38 percent scored at or above the proficiency level in reading. For more information about the results, view this infographic.
  • The U.S. Senate and House education committees are undergoing significant changes in their membership that could greatly influence their priorities and decision making, ultimately affecting the day-to-day lives of educators. The next Congress could determine major education-related legislation, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, career and technical education, and higher education. Learn more about the committee changes in Capitol Connection.
  • As we mark the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, the Government Accountability Office has been asked to investigate the effect of current school policies on racial and socioeconomic integration and student education outcomes. The request comes from Representatives George Miller (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) who express that, “at the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision, much more must be done to reduce segregation and increase equity in our school system.”
  • Sean McComb, a high school English teacher from Maryland, has been named the 64th National Teacher of the Year. McComb teaches at Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts in Baltimore, where he also trains and supports his colleagues as the school’s Staff Development Teacher. Learn more about McComb here. ASCD congratulates and thanks Mr. McComb for his excellence and dedication to students.

For more news and information on ASCD’s policy and advocacy activities, please visit www.ascd.org/public-policy.aspx.

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