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To Chart the Future of Education Policy, We Need to Actively Listen to Teachers and Students

October 10, 2018

By Roberto Rodríguez

As the son of first and second generation immigrants, I’ve seen the amazing opportunities that education can unleash for multiple generations. I’ve been the beneficiary of that opportunity, but I’ve also seen others, for whom the system doesn’t deliver, get left behind.

If we’re to see large-scale progress that translates into opportunity for all students — in a way that transcends the neighborhood in which a child grows up, the language they speak, or the resources that their family earns — we must make big commitments to change the system. These commitments include high and common standards across the states; aligned assessments to track progress; an accountability system that provides for the progress of all learners and for turning around low-performing schools; and, importantly, a real commitment to success and excellence in how we teach our students. Read more on What's the Plus?>>