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TESOL International Association Co-Signs ESSA Comments

by David Cutler | 08/05/2016
5 August 2016 (Alexandria, VA) - TESOL International Association recently co-signed a pair of comments on the proposed regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The comments were sent to the U.S. Department of Education by two of TESOL's coalition partners, Advocates for Literacy and the Coalition for Teaching Quality (CTQ). 

Advocates for Literacy is a coalition of over 60 organizations that supports improved literacy instruction through comprehensive, birth through grade twelve state-led literacy plans that target struggling and economically-disadvantaged students with low-performing English language arts assessment scores. The comments co-signed by TESOL pertain to the proposed priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria specified for the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Program (SRCL) contained within ESSA. The ESSA comments from Advocates for Literacy can be downloaded here. 

CTQ consists of more than 100 national, state, and local organizations committed to the principle that federal policy must ensure that all students have access to teachers and school leaders who enter the profession well-prepared to succeed and who prove themselves effective once there. The comments co-signed by TESOL ​concern state plans and accountability under ESSA, especially as they pertain to teacher effectiveness and preparation. The ESSA comments from CTQ can be downloaded here.