FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Alexandria, Va. – August 21, 2014 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today in response to Secretary Duncan’s announcement of the opportunity for states to pursue a one-year delay in when test results matter for teacher evaluation.
“AASA has long supported the state and locally created and adopted Common Core standards, and has supported the implementation of high-quality assessments aligned to those standards. Superintendents across the country agree that the new standards present an opportunity to improve student outcomes but only if given enough time and resources.”
“More than a year ago we went on record urging the Department and education stakeholders to ‘Slow down to get it right’, recognizing the importance of moving with deliberate speed to support successful implementation of the standards and the assessments. All educators and education stakeholders who support the new standards initiative need the time necessary to get it right and make it work in schools. In May 2013, we issued a joint statement with NASSP, NAESP and NSBA highlighting the critical nature of time, time for schools and districts to address a litany of implementation issues, including bandwidth, infrastructure, professional development and more. It is a sentiment echoed by the 16 national education organizations in the Learning First Alliance earlier this year, as written in their statement this past June.”
“We are pleased to see the Department of Education and Secretary Duncan acknowledge what needs to be done and provide states with access to additional time in the narrow construct of using student data in teacher evaluation. Superintendents, school board members, principals, and teachers have consistently advocated the importance of adequate time to meaningfully and successfully implement both the standards and the assessments, and today’s announcement is a step in the right direction. We hope today’s announcement is not a case of ‘too little, too late’. We urge the Department to continue to listen to and reflect upon feedback from the field as it relates to Common Core, the waivers, and ESEA reauthorization.”
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 10,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.