AASA President to Testify at ESSA Hearing

Embargoed for Release
Feb. 23, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. (ET)

Jennifer Delgado
James Minichello

Alexandria, Va. – David R. Schuler, president of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, will testify today before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at its hearing, ESSA Implementation in States and School Districts: Perspectives from Education Leaders.
The hearing will focus on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. Schuler is the superintendent of Township High School District 214 in Arlington Heights, Ill.
“I applaud Congress’ overwhelmingly bi-partisan support for ESSA and I am very proud to represent the voice of superintendents nationwide in today’s hearing,” said Schuler. “At AASA’s National Conference on Education earlier this month, we launched a new research-based initiative to redefine what it means to be college and career ready. That would have never happened under NCLB.”
The following is an excerpt from Schuler’s testimony:
“This new law holds states and school districts accountable, while still allowing significant flexibility … Now, with those constraints lifted and ESSA the law of the land, states and districts can focus once again on truly meeting the needs of every student who walks through our schoolhouse doors on a daily basis and for that, I am truly thankful to the (Senate HELP) Committee.
“Under ESSA, you have given us permission to dream and lead and transform public education in this country and we will do just that. States now have an opportunity to examine schools on a more holistic level with the inclusion of a non-academic factor. This represents a dramatic shift from the NCLB focus on snapshot testing to a more nuanced, well-rounded system to assess school quality.”
For specific questions about ESSA, please contact Noelle Ellerson, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.
About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 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.