PASCD has adopted three official position statements regarding:
Educators, policymakers, and the public must understand the grave consequences of persistent gaps in student achievement and must demand that addressing these gaps becomes a policy and funding priority. Current research indicates that factors beyond schooling impact the learning gap. For all students to excel academically and thrive as individuals, Pennsylvania must equalize educational opportunities. PASCD believes that all student populations, regardless of their economic status, ability, or geographic location, must have access to:
Using a single test to measure success or to sanction students, educators, schools, or districts is an inappropriate use of a single instrument. Only when students, educators, and policy makers have timely access to information from multiple assessments can they make informed judgments about student learning, student placement, graduation eligibility, and education program success.
The current direction in educational practice and policy focuses overwhelmingly on academic achievement. However, academic achievement is but one element of student learning and development and only a part of any complete system of educational accountability. PASCD believes a comprehensive approach to learning recognizes that successful young people are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, motivated, civically inspired, engaged in the arts, prepared for work and economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond their own borders.
Together, these elements support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged. To develop the whole child requires the following contributions:
Adopted by PASCD’s Executive Board,
November 20, 2005