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This document suggests changes to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in four targeted areas. Regarding Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) supports: (1) Setting challenging but demonstrably attainable student progress goals; (2) Judging school effectiveness by measuring progress of the same students over time; (3) Producing accurate accountability decisions; (4) Maintaining achievement reporting by subgroup; and (5) Ensuring that AYP requirements and regulations meet scientifically-based standards. To address staff quality issues, AFT advocates: (1) Development of high-caliber teacher induction systems; (2) Ongoing, job-specific professional development for paraprofessionals; (3) Incentive grants to develop peer assistance programs focusing in knowledge and skill improvement; (4) Competitive base pay and benefits with opportunities to improve salary through additional responsibilities; and (5) Development of accountability indices to attract and retain high-quality staff. In the area of school improvement, AFT is lobbying Congress to amend NCLB to ensure that school improvement: (1) Is based on credible identification data; (2) Has adequate support for intensive planning when a school is identified as "in need of improvement"; (3) Provides necessary resources to implement the plan and see results within 3 years; (4) Implement choice and supplemental service only if the improvement plan has been demonstrated to be ineffective after 3 years; and (5) Requires significant restructuring if school does not demonstrate measurable improvement. The final area discussed in this document is sufficient funding of Title I programs to: (1) lower class size; (2) Hire specialists in reading and math instruction to provide teachers with model lessons and in-class training in research-based instructional techniques; and (3) Create faculty workrooms with high-speed Internet connections so that teachers can make use of the broadest array of resources when planning lessons. [For 2006 document, see ED497884.]

Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Internet, Incentive Grants, Class Size, Accountability, Educational Improvement, Professional Development, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Competition, Salaries, Beginning Teacher Induction, Academic Achievement, Goal Orientation, Academic Standards, Teacher Persistence

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