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Well, one of them is annual assessment in grades 3-8. It's integral to the implementation of everything.
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.
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.
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.
The long and short of it is, we need more rigor in all kinds of programs.
My understanding is that Kansas, Massachusetts, they've been more pioneers on the special education side.
It's a hard process to navigate... to figure out where your kid ought to go to college.
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.
I think it'd be useful for parents to know kind of what is the culture of an institution.
I think all kinds of parents are different in what they're seeking.
I mean, one thing I know about change is we are not going to close the achievement gap without educators.
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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