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ADC Calls On Members To Demand High Quality Education For All Students

 

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

ADC Calls On Members To Demand High Quality Education For All Students

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | April 14, 2015 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) calls on members to ensure high quality education for all students by demanding accountability and assessments from Congress in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The ESEA was reintroduced as the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN). 

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The current draft of Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) is alarming. First, the ECAA fails to require states to identify and intervene in schools where students and racial subgroups of students are not meeting the curriculum and achievement state standards. Second, the ECAA allows English Language Learner (ELL) students to be exempt from English language assessments up to 5 years depending upon the school district’s determination. Third, the ECAA fails to require states to remedy disparities in access to funding to critical educational resources between school districts. Fourth, the ECAA fails to require disaggregation data of all students, to measure student achievement and graduation rates, not only as legislative defined major racial and ethnic groups, excluding Arab Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.

High quality education is at the core of our society’s future and a right of all children. Too often have racial subgroups been forgotten and allowed to fail to meet achievement standards, including Arab-Americans as part of the larger group of ELL students.

States must be required to take assessments of racial subgroups and ELL students. Racial subgroups and ELL students could make little to no progress toward meeting the standards for college readiness without attention, support or intervention from their school and/or school district. This is the only way for ELL students and racial subgroups to receive the appropriate services and for states to be held accountable.

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