September Roundup from ASCD’s Education Policy Pros

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Here at ASCD, we encourage you to get involved in both local and national education policy. In doing so, you have a tremendous ability to make a difference for your profession and your students. But taking action means you’ll need to stay informed, which is why we’re beginning a monthly roundup on ASCD’s Inservice that will bring you the latest and most relevant policy news and information. Let’s get started!September 2013 ASCD Policy Roundup

  • The U.S. Department of Education wants to eliminate the “2 percent rule,” which has until now allowed states to develop alternative assessments aligned to modified achievement standards for students with disabilities and then use the results of those assessments for No Child Left Behind accountability purposes. Submit feedback on the proposal by October 7, 2013.
  • ASCD has sent a letter (PDF) to all senators asking them to support the Effective Teaching and Leading Act (PDF), which would provide teachers and school leaders with the ongoing, job-embedded professional support they need to meet today’s challenges. Now it’s your turn. Take a moment to ask your senators to cosponsor this important bill.
  • In an ASCD SmartBrief special report Q&A, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says the transition to college- and career-ready standards is the biggest challenge facing educators this fall. Duncan also emphasizes the importance of professional development, high-quality teacher preparation programs, and technology in the classroom.
  • The Obama administration recently released the final application for the second Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) competition, which will provide approximately $280 million in state-level grants, ranging from $37.5 million to $75 million. State applications are due October 16, 2013.
  • ASCD’s fall edition of Policy Priorities explores how two state consortia, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, are developing computer-based assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
  • Register now for ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA), the premier forum for educators in a variety of roles—including teachers, principals, superintendents, district personnel, and university professors—who come from across the country to learn about federal education issues and advocate for policies that support successful learning and teaching.

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