Higher education is confronting challenges, like the economy is, about the need for a higher number of more adequately trained, more highly educated citizenry.
What we know is the workplace is more demanding than ever before.
I mean, one thing I know about change is we are not going to close the achievement gap without educators.
In Connecticut, my understanding, although I haven't seen the actual litigation, is that they want to measure every other year and not provide annual assessment as is required in the statute.
And I think that's righteous, I think that's what parents want to know. They want to know what's going right in the school, and what needs improvement, and that's what this law does.
My understanding is that Kansas, Massachusetts, they've been more pioneers on the special education side.
Well, one of them is annual assessment in grades 3-8. It's integral to the implementation of everything.
I do think we know that a teacher who knows what he or she is doing, knows their subject matter, and knows how to impart knowledge to kids is a critical piece of closing the achievement gap.
The long and short of it is, we need more rigor in all kinds of programs.
And I think that we in America need to understand that many schools need improvement, and particularly with respect to how they're serving minority children.
We want to obviously foster a relationship that we're a partner with states; that we all share the same goals of closing the achievement gap, just as the Congress does; and that we're practical and sophisticated enough to understand what they're talking about.
We know that if we're going to remain economically competitive in the world, and viable as a civic democracy, that we're going to have to get more people educated to higher levels.
Again, the truth of the matter is we haven't paid that much attention to high school accountability.
For too long, actually, we have either said you're this or that.
It's a hard process to navigate... to figure out where your kid ought to go to college.
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