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Nation's Principals Advocate Specific Changes to NCLB

Press Release

To: National Desk

Contact: Michelle White of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, 703-507-7216

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In preparation for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2007, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) -- the nation's largest school leadership organization representing middle and high school leaders -- has developed 21 specific recommendations for Congress to make NCLB a more consistent, fair, and flexible law that builds schools' capacity to address the academic needs of their students.

The recommendations were developed by a task force made up of practitioners representing urban, rural, and suburban school communities. The mission of the NCLB task force has been to improve NCLB and its regulations during reauthorization of the law through study of the effects of the law and regulations as applied to the nation's diverse education structure. The task force identified specific challenges and problems related to NCLB that inhibit improving student achievement and identification of low-performing schools.

Many issues of importance to school leaders, such as AYP, special education, data, assessment & testing, highly qualified teachers and English language learners, were addressed during the development of the recommendations.

The nation's secondary school leaders support the tenets of NCLB, but as with many mandates handed down from Congress and the federal government, specifics within NCLB and its regulations reveal the disconnect between policy created in Washington, D.C. and the realities that affect teaching and learning at the school building level. NASSP strongly believes that these recommendations reflect the real world, common sense perspective that will help to bridge that gap and clear the obstacles that affect principals and teachers as they work toward improving student achievement and overall school quality.

The recommendations and rationale are available as a PDF at http://www.principals.org/nclb .


The National Association of Secondary School Principals-the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders-provides its members the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well being of youth through its student leadership programs. NASSP sponsors the National Honor Society(tm), the National Junior Honor Society(tm), and the National Association of Student Councils(tm). For more information visit, http://www.principals.org.

— Press Release
National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)


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