Secretary Duncan Testifies on Blueprint for Reauthorizing ESEA

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Secretary Arne Duncan testified today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee on the Obama Administration’s blueprint for Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

The blueprint, he said, “is organized around our three major goals for reauthorization:

  1. Raise standards.
  2. Reward excellence and growth.
  3. Increase local control and flexibility while maintaining the focus on equity and closing achievement gaps.

“All of these policy changes will support our effort to meet the President’s goal that by 2020, America once again will lead the world in college completion,” he said. “In particular, the ESEA will set a goal that by 2020 all students will graduate ready to succeed in college and the workplace.”

Read the Secretary’s complete testimony, or watch video of Senate testimony.