CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON FINAL PASSAGE OF EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT

December 2, 2015
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding final passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177): 

The Every Student Succeeds Act is an improvement from current law and the waiver system, which has caused uncertainty for school districts and states.  I am pleased the bill reduces the over-reliance on standardized testing, allowing students and teachers more time for learning in the classroom.  Further, I am encouraged that the bill improves accountability and state and district responsibility to strengthen struggling schools.

At the same time, I am disappointed the final bill did not include Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) data disaggregation provisions.  This important information is vital for ensuring that all AAPI students are not put into a single category – contributing to the “model minority” stereotype – which risks allowing students to fall through the cracks and glossing over the serious challenges many young people in the diverse AAPI community face.  I will continue the fight I began years ago for the public and private sector to expand AAPI data disaggregation.  Further, I am frustrated by the four-year reporting requirements for English Language Learners (ELL), which risks obscuring ELL data for vulnerable students.   

I am also disappointed that financial literacy is not required to be part of math testing.  If we are going to have testing, then financial literacy needs to be part of it.  Financial literacy is key to economic survival in modern times.  If we ignore the important issue of financial literacy, we will do a great disservice to our children.

Despite my concerns, I believe this bill is an improvement from the status quo and will better allow our teachers and students to succeed in the future.  

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