As Every Child Achieves Act Debated by Full Senate, Not Too Late to Strengthen It

Written by Meghan Casey, Policy Research & Advocacy Associate | 4 years ago

Today, the Senate begins debate on the Every Child Achieves Act, which would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, also known as No Child Left Behind). The National Center for Learning Disabilities, on behalf of the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues, is excited about the creation of a new resource for parents and educators, but has serious concerns with the lack of accountability in this version of the Every Child Achieves Act.

At this stage in the process, there is still an issue that is critical to the success of students with learning and attention issues. Schools, districts, and states must be accountable for the performance all kids, in all school, and steps must be taken to ensure that all students are making progress.

This bill still falls short on this important issue. NCLD, alongside eight other advocacy organizations, continues to stand strong in our call for stronger accountability measures for our students. We must continue to hold schools and states accountability for educating all students. Where schools are failing their students or any subgroup of students (such as students with disabilities), steps must be taken to address the needs of those students and improve student performance. Without stronger accountability provisions in the Every Child Achieves Act, far too many students with disabilities will continue to fall behind and languish in an education system that fails to meet their needs.

We know that parents expect and students deserve more from the Every Child Achieves Act. NCLD will continue to advocate for the national literacy center and for stronger accountability provisions as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 moves through the legislative process.

To join us in this advocacy effort, visit our action center and tell your Senator to stand up for students with learning and attention issues in the Every Child Achieves Act.