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FEA Recommendations for Improving Federal Law - Summary July 2014

Letter to Congress, Feb 19, 2014. The Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA) called on Congress to adopt a compromise to address disagreements between the House bill and the Senate committee bill on how to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The FEA proposals address school improvement, accountability and assessments. The proposals would serve each house’s goals and provide an educationally sound new federal law. These proposals both bridge differences between the houses and create a new vision for ESEA based on FEA's proposals for a new federal education law.

FEA Recommendations for Improving ESEA/NCLB - Summary and Full

FEA's revised 2011 two-page summary of its recommendations on the reauthorization of ESEA is here.

FEA's detailed recommendations, submitted to the Senate HELP committee in 2010, is here.

New: February 21, 2012
Members of the Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA) have studied Rep. John Kline’s legislation for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). We applaud some of the steps Mr. Kline proposes in the “Student Success Act” and the “Encouraging Innovation and Successful Teachers Act.” However, we have serious concerns with other important parts of his legislation.
See more of the letter in repsonse to the legislation here: http://www.edaccountability.org/Kline_bill_FEA_letter.pdf


September 20, 2011: What Should Congress Do About Teacher Evaluation? A Public Letter from the Forum on Educational Accountability.


FEA Recommendations for Successful School Turnaround Efforts

See the FEA statement, "A Research- and Experience-Based Turnaround Process," that focuses on flexible local use of elements common to school improvement, and that Congress should include in ESEA/NCLB reauthorization.

See Ratner and Neill, "Common Elements of Successful Turnarounds: Research and Experience," for analysis and summary of research on successfully improving schools.


The FEA has submitted extensive recommendations for the reauthorization of NCLB/ESEA. They are based on the Joint Statement, but are recommendations from a working group of the Statement signers.

FEA legislative recommendations on NCLB reauthorization (PDF)

Legislative recommendations for the Higher Education Act, 2007.



20 February 2008
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions seeks to mark up a reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act early this spring. See the letter sent to Senators from the FEA urging that there be proper time for review of the legislation between steps in the process to be sure that the principles of the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB by the FEA are addressed in any changes to the legislation. See the Press release.

7 January 2008
In a letter delivered to the offices of all U.S. Senators and Representatives on the 6th anniversary of NCLB being signed into law, the Forum on Educational Accountability wrote, “the message is loud and clear . . . the law is not working to substantially improve learning for the students Congress most intended to help.”
See the letter
See the Press Release


4 December 2007
See a letter sent from the FEA to Congress today urging them to overhaul NCLB

3 October 2007
FEA submitted a letter to the members of congress reminding them that any new reauthorization of NCLB must solve the major problems in the law and meet the criteria established in the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB and by FEA in its legislative recommendations.
See the letter
See the press release

19 September 2007
Most major civil rights organizations support the use of multiple indicators and multiple assessments, according to this FEA letter to Congress. See the press release here.

19 September 2007
Action Alert! Keep Pressure on Congress.

The signers of the Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind are having a major impact!  Soon the House Education Committee will discuss and vote on a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act/NCLB.

Also see a two page summary of the issue from the FEA.


18 September 2007
FEA recommendations on professional development in response to House Education Committee discussion draft, Sept. 18, 2007.

10 September 2007
Two one page documents compare the House education committee draft to the FEA proposals. A general Title I comparison is here, a comparison of professional development is here.

6 September, 2007
FEA submitted its response to the House Education Committee discussion draft on reauthorization of ESEA.

5 September, 2007
The FEA sent separate letters to the House and Senate today calling for major improvements to NCLB. The House letter applauds the positive changes that have been incorporated into the latest 'discussion draft' of NCLB, but urges additional changes based upon the principles in the  Joint Statement and FEA legislative recommendations to ensure that the federal role becomes strongly supportive of genuine school improvement.
See the FEA Press Release
about the letters.
See the House letter.
See the Senate letter.

13, August, 2007
A letter sent today to the leadership of the House and Senate Education committees calls
on Congress to include “multiple forms of assessment” and “multiple measures or indicators of student progress” in legislation currently being drafted to overhaul NCLB.
See the letter (PDF)
See the Press Release.


7, August, 2007
Nearly two dozen major civil rights and disability advocacy groups today called on Congress to include “multiple forms of assessment” and “multiple measures or indicators of student progress” in legislation currently being drafted to overhaul NCLB.
See the press release in HTML. (or in PDF)
See the letter delivered to the House and Senate Education Committees.

2, August 2007
See the latest Action Alert on keeping up the pressure on Congress to make the needed changes to NCLB

See the new summary of the key points sought by FEA in its legislative recommendations, based on the Joint Statement.

16 July 2007
See a letter sent from the FEA to Ed Committee Chairman George Miller reacting to an earlier letter he sent to freshmen members of congress.

9 July 2007
See a letter sent from the FEA to congress today urging members to make improvements to NCLB before its pending reauthorization.

22 June 2007
The FEA sends a letter to Congress rebutting claims by Sec. Spellings and Education Trust about Expert Panel on Assessment report. See the letter.