In his remarks to the National Academy Foundation (NAF), Secretary Duncan emphasized the need to close the nation's skills gap by equipping all students to succeed in college and careers, and noted the value of providing rigorous and relevant school-based and work-based learning opportunities as a part of that preparation. Prior to the Secretary's remarks, business and industry leaders joined NAF officials to announce the launch of the NAFTrack Certified Hiring Partnership that will give students who complete and earn the NAF credential, one that is based on assessments linked to college- and career-ready standards, priority in these employers' hiring processes. The partnering companies include: HP, Verizon, AT&T, EMC, Juniper Networks, KPMG, RBC Capital Markets, US, Xerox, JPMorgan Chase, and Cisco.
As part of its efforts to ensure that all students have equal access to a quality education, today the U.S. Department of Education is announcing the launch of the Excellent Educators for All Initiative. The initiative will help states and school districts support great educators for the students who need them most.
In his remarks to the PTA National Convention, Secretary Duncan talked about the critical importance of parents and families in education and the changes occurring in classrooms across America that are helping to prepare students for success in college, careers, and life. He recognized the hard work of schools and communities who are transforming educational opportunities for students. Secretary Duncan also challenged the audience to be a voice for higher expectations, for bettering schools, and for elevating the teaching profession.
I am pleased to speak to ASCD's leadership because I believe educators across the country today have finally reached a long-sought turning point.
Thank you, Dr. Ross, for that kind introduction and for being a great partner in reform.
I'm pleased to be here today to address the Rural Education National Forum because, too often, the challenges of rural education are neglected.
After nearly five years in Washington, I've learned that much of the public narrative surrounding education is wrong or badly exaggerated.
In what seems to have become an annual ritual, I'm here again today to report on the state of education in America. What I can tell you after nearly five years in Washington is that the public narrative that you hear inside the Beltway and online doesn't reflect the reality I see in classrooms and schools all across America.
Thanks, Mike, for the kind introduction. It's a pleasure to join all of you.
The theme of this leadership conference—"building bridges"—is fitting.
Today, I'd like to talk with you about how the Administration and the Department of Education are continuing to support education reform and success for all students in the second term.
Statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Duncan on House ESEA Reauthorization Bill H.R. 5
"America's families, students and teachers deserve an education law that advances progress for all students—especially our most vulnerable children. The bill that the House passed today is not that law.
As I listened to [IDB] President Moreno's remarks, I was struck not by how different the U.S. education system is but rather by how many educational challenges the U.S. shares with Latin America and Caribbean nations.
U.S. Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement to Discuss Education Reform at Ohio Innovation Summit
Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for innovation and improvement at the U.S. Department of Education, will facilitate a discussion on school reform at 1:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 5, in Shaker Heights, Ohio.