Tonight in his State of the Union address, the President outlined an opportunity agenda to help people, and especially children, achieve the American dream. The foundation of all these strategies is education and a comprehensive system that supports students from early childhood through graduation. When the President said, “opportunity is who we are,” he was also describing our schools and educators, especially the countless teachers who spend the extra time with their students who need it every day.
We applaud the President’s recognition of the teachers and principals in schools across the country who are preparing students with the knowledge, skills, and resilience to succeed in tomorrow’s economy. ASCD wholeheartedly supports the concept of a well-rounded education, more demanding parental engagement, and new, multiple and comprehensive ways to measure student and educator success besides standardized tests.
We look forward to working with the administration and the Congress to put these proposals into practice by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 2014 to fulfill the promise for a year of action and opportunity.