In our first 100 days, the Obama administration has presented a comprehensive education agenda -- from the cradle through college -- that protects children and jobs in the short term and invests in the long term by advancing education reform.
We are using the power of transparency to expose the good, the bad and the ugly about American education as a first step toward raising standards, improving teacher quality and turning around low-performing schools.
To push our reform agenda, the president has challenged states, districts, unions and other stakeholders to eliminate bureaucratic hurdles to improvement, set aside ideologies and do what's right for children.
That means eliminating caps on creating charter schools, paying more to teachers in high-need subjects and hard-to-staff schools, and implementing performance pay. He has challenged parents to take more responsibility for the education of their children by turning off the TV, helping with homework and reading with their children every night. See details about K-12 schools, teachers
While recent national testing results confirm that we have a long way to go before every child will have the education he or she needs to compete in the global economy, there is much cause for hope. Today, innovative schools are posting achievement gains, districts are experimenting with compensation systems that encourage effective teaching and dozens of states are working toward higher academic standards. The teaching profession is attracting more high-quality applicants than ever. New learning models are emerging in communities all across America. We have many pockets of excellence. The challenge is moving to systems of excellence. Read full article »