Secretary Arne Duncan challenged the National Assessment Governing Board to help move the nation toward "Assessment 3.0."
During remarks at the Rural Education National Forum in Columbus, Ohio, Secretary Duncan discusses the challenges facing rural education in America, recognizes the accomplishments of states and districts, and celebrates rural community values that help to support academic excellence.
Prepared remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Joplin High School and the Franklin Technology Center, Joplin, Missouri
Thank you for that kind introduction.
I visited Joplin not long after the tornado struck. And the devastation of the storm was seared throughout the community. But what you have accomplished here, together, is nothing short of amazing.
The remarks are from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Tri-Caucus Plenary Session. Duncan discusses recent initiatives that expand educational opportunities for poor and minority students, including recent guidance that ensures students have equal access to resources.
At the 2014 National HBCU convention, Secretary Duncan affirmed the value of HBCUs to achieving national educational goals, such as regaining America's lead in college attainment, strengthening the STEM fields and the teaching profession, expanding diversity, and encouraging innovation and international education. He also addressed concerns that HBCU leaders have raised about several Obama administration initiatives, and thanked the leadership of HBCUs for helping to improve and strengthen a number of administration policies. Along with his counterparts at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Peace Corps, and the Corporation for Community and National Service, Secretary Duncan encouraged more use of Public Service Loan Forgiveness to reduce student debt for those who are working full-time in government jobs or at tax-exempt non-profits.
In informal remarks, Secretary Duncan spoke about education leadership, improvement, and equity to students, alumni, and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on September 19. Duncan discussed the Back-to-School Bus Tour, reflected on his formative educational experiences, and challenged Harvard to break the mold for teacher training programs.
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.
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.
Secretary Duncan congratulated the 2014 Presidential Scholars and celebrated the program's 50th year. He also recognized the collective and individual accomplishments of this year's class. Secretary Duncan advised the audience to work collectively to solve problems, to pursue their passions, and to surround themselves with mentors and role models, while making every year a milestone year.
[Note: Secretary Duncan deviated in spots from his prepared remarks]
Thank you, President DePoe, for that kind introduction. I am honored to be here, in the home of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, and especially to share this wonderful day with you, your families, our tribal leadership, and our elders.