Senator Murray, a Democrat, is the ranking member of the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee. She is working across the aisle with Republican Chairman Lamar Alexander (TN) to craft a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education (ESEA) Act, which was last updated under President Bush as the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
While some components of NCLB raised significant concerns for educators and education stakeholders, the requirement to disaggregate student achievement data by race and income level was a game changer.
We all know we can't close gaps that we can't see.
And Washington's gaps are continuing to grow. With NCLB, for the first time, schools and communities could point to the gaps in student achievement and the subgroups of students being left behind.
While some advocates may believe that this level of transparency is enough, the Excellent Schools Now Coalition knows that we must hold all schools and their students to the same high learning standards and provide supports for them to reach those standards. Every student deserves to be well served in their school and prepared to graduate from high school college and career ready.
Thank you Senator Murray for working hard for all our students!