ESEA Blueprint, Briefing Book, and Position Paper

Proposed ESEA Reauthorization—A Blueprint for Reform 2011

A Blueprint for Reform is the name of the proposed (2011) reauthorization of ESEA/No Child Left Behind.  A Blueprint for Reform says it builds on four areas of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Those four areas are:

1)    Improving teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader.

2)    Providing information to families to help them evaluate and improve their children’s schools, and to educators to help them improve their students’ learning.

3)    Implementing college and career ready standards and developing improved assessments aligned with those standards.

4)    Improving student learning and achievement in America’s lowest-performing schools by providing intensive support and effective interventions.


A Blueprint for Reform:  The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  (201, March).  United States Department of Education.


Fordham Institute’s ESEA Briefing Book 2011

Political leaders hope to act this year to renew and fix the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, also known as No Child Left Behind). In this important new paper, Thomas B. Fordham Institute President Chester E. Finn, Jr. and Executive Vice President Michael J. Petrilli identify 10 big issues that must be resolved in order to get a bill across the finish line, and explore the major options under consideration for each one. Should states be required to adopt academic standards tied to college and career readiness? Should the new law provide greater flexibility to states and districts? These are just a few of the areas discussed. Finn and Petrilli also present their own bold yet “reform realist” solutions for ESEA. Read on to learn more.

ESEA Briefing Book
April 19, 2011    by Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn, Jr.


Parents Across America Press Release and Position Paper    2011

Parents Across America (PAA) is a true grassroots organization of parents and education activists sharing ideas and working locally and nationally to improve public schools.  PAA offers their proposals for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in a position paper.  Read the Parents Across America press release on new ESEA position and the position paper, What Public School Parents Want in a New Federal Education Law.