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ASCD Advocacy and Government Relations

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The whole child is at the center of ASCD's advocacy efforts to redefine student success so that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. ASCD also promotes policies that enhance educators' learning and growth. Our activities and resources help prepare educators to be effective advocates.

Legislative Agenda

ASCD's 2021 Legislative Agenda Priorities

Developed by ASCD, the 2021 ASCD Legislative Agenda (PDF) outlines the association's public policy priorities.

Education is the most essential of services in every community. Our schools and educators have responded with extraordinary measures this year to help meet the needs of their students, families, and communities. Moving forward, these primary responders will be the pillars upon whom the recovery from the pandemic and resumption of regular school operations will depend. While a welcome return to full-time, in-person schooling may look familiar on the surface, the past year has helped educators discover new ways of engaging with and supporting their students.

We must reimagine school expectations and practices to embrace personalized learning and build upon what students have gained while also working to recover all that they have lost. This moment also calls for a renewed commitment to equity in and across our entire education system. We call on Congress and the Biden administration to support educational leaders in these efforts by providing the support, flexibility, and resources called for in these recommendations.

Invest in Students

Long existing inequities have become more apparent than ever and can no longer be ignored. It is imperative to address the underlying root causes of these inequities in a systemic, coordinated, and sustainable way. Students with disabilities and socio-economically disadvantaged students have been most negatively impacted by the pandemic. Providing targeted and additional resources to meet their needs will benefit them most of all but all students and schools will gain from these equity investments.

Foster Flexibility and Innovation

Schools have embraced change and creatively overcome countless challenges to serve their students this year. Some of these changes will be lasting. Indeed, the pandemic has fundamentally and permanently altered some traditional school notions and operations. Educators are implementing new and better concepts like addressing the whole child and educating student through multiple modalities.

Support Educators

Educators are what make school, learning, and student success possible. This simple fact has never been more apparent and will remain so moving forward. Educators have been, are and will continue to be essential personnel and should be recognized and rewarded as such. As students return to school after a year like no other, support for the professional needs and well-being of educators must be a paramount priority to ensure that a well-prepared, supported, and accomplished teacher is in every classroom.

ASCD Positions

Since its beginning in 1943, ASCD has been a strong voice in the debate about educational issues that affect learning and teaching. As a nonpartisan education association, ASCD continues to advocate for policies and practices that ensure each child has access to educational excellence and equity. 

Contact the Government Relations Team

David Griffith, Senior Director, @Griffith2020

Or, contact us at gr@ascd.org.

ASCD Annual Report

2020: ASCD's Response to a New Reality

The months marked by this annual report were like no other in terms of its demands for innovation and stress on educators, families, and students. COVID-19 disrupted everything we knew about schooling, work, and daily life. ASCD pivoted in every conceivable way to serve educators to meet their immediate needs as well as to nourish their long-term professional growth.

The 2020 Annual Report covers the 2020 fiscal year (September 2019 through August 2020).  

Annual Report Archives

Please contact us for additional archived reports.

Multimetric Accountability Resources

Multimetric accountability systems incorporate a variety of measures that more fully and accurately track student learning, engagement, and well-being. ASCD believes this next-generation approach to school accountability is essential to promoting a whole child approach to education, enhancing understanding of student progress, and ensuring that no single indicator of student achievement defines success.

Accountability Measure Examples (PDF) are possible metrics spanning a range of domains such as academic learning, social-emotional learning, school culture and climate, and access and opportunity that could be used in accountability systems.

Using Multiple Measures to Redefine Success: Six Steps to Making It Happen (PDF). There's no single way to do multimetric evaluation right. Use this step-by-step process from W. James Popham for identifying and evaluating the criteria by which progress toward your unique goals can be measured.

Multimetric Accountability Systems: A Next-Generation Vision of Student Success (PDF). Find out how five different accountability systems at multiple levels (district, state, and provincial) are using multiple measures to better understand and support student learning and development.