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Again, the truth of the matter is we haven't paid that much attention to high school accountability.
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And I believe that public broadcasting has an important trust with the American people, it's an intimate medium of television, and that we can do reading and language development for young children without getting into human sexuality.
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And I think some institutions do, and some institutions don't, have a liberal bias.
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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.
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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.
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And you know, I think it's un-American - I would call it - for us to take the attitude that African-American children in Connecticut living in inner cities are not going to be able to compete, are not going to be prepared to compete in this world and are not going to be educated to high levels.
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And, you know, that's a pretty rich half-billion-dollar grant program to put out there that, I think, will put some skin in the game in helping lead states and teachers into these more rigorous kinds of practices.
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But the other notion is, we also believe that those folks closest on the ground that we're holding accountable for the results can decide, and ought to evaluate which programs get results.
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For too long, actually, we have either said you're this or that.
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Higher education is confronting challenges, like the economy is, about the need for a higher number of more adequately trained, more highly educated citizenry.
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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.
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I have worked at the state level, the federal level, and the local level, and I understand different people's vantage points.
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I mean, one thing I know about change is we are not going to close the achievement gap without educators.
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I recognize the great work that some of our urban districts are doing, in fact I cited them in my remarks today.
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I think all kinds of parents are different in what they're seeking.
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I think it'd be useful for parents to know kind of what is the culture of an institution.
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I think it's regrettable, frankly, when the achievement gap between African-American and Anglo kids in Connecticut is quite large.
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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.
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It's a hard process to navigate... to figure out where your kid ought to go to college.
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My understanding is that Kansas, Massachusetts, they've been more pioneers on the special education side.
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One of the things we know is that, frequently, it's a reading deficiency that is keeping kids from being able to do more rigorous coursework.
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That's why the Department has pledged $14 million to gather the best practices among the states and to better assess and better measure these kids.
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The first question we're going to ask every state is: how are the kids doing, are you closing the achievement gap.
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The long and short of it is, we need more rigor in all kinds of programs.
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There's lots of institutions and lots of different cultures, and so that's the kind of thing that parents need to be able to evaluate, and students themselves, when they make a selection.
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We at the Department of Education are going to provide technical assistance; I've committed $14 million to show states how they might meet this more sophisticated approach.
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We have some pioneers, some leaders around the country, in Massachusetts and Kansas to name a couple, that are doing some of the best work.
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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.
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We recognize that it's a little bit more complicated when there are different kinds of course offerings and class structures by state and by district.
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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.
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Well, as I've said, there's nobody who cares more about the credibility of this department and the credibility of No Child Left Behind than me.
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Well, one of them is annual assessment in grades 3-8. It's integral to the implementation of everything.
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What we know is the workplace is more demanding than ever before.
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