Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, speaking at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) conference in Washington, D.C., indicated that she might consider a "growth model" of assessment--a system of measuring individual students' academic improvement as they advance from grade to grade--that could allow states to change how they rate student progress.

Reaching out to the AFT audience during a "conversation" with AFT President Edward J. McElroy, in which she answered pre-determined questions, Spellings appeared receptive to teachers' concerns and indicated that she shared many of the AFT members' goals.

"A school


Subscribe to Read More

Are You an Educator?

Get Free online access to all our news and resources