INTRODUCTION OF THE KNOWLEDGE UTILIZATION IN EDUCATION ACT OF 2004 -- (Extensions of Remarks - March 26, 2004)
HON. RUSH D. HOLT
OF NEW JERSEY
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004
Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, I wish to briefly announce the introduction of the Knowledge Utilization in Education Act of 2004.
This act, which I will introduce today in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support, aims to increase the use of research-based knowledge to boost student performance and close the achievement gap.
There is a clear need for this legislation. Research shows that student achievement increases when teachers use practices based on scientifically valid research. While the No Child Left Behind Act requires educators to use instructional practices based on research, such practices are not widely used. Given that students in 25,000 public schools may not be making adequate yearly progress, steps must be taken now to meet the demand for research-based instruction.
Overall, the act would help schools by providing new resources so educators can link education knowledge to classroom practice. The bill would also launch a national leadership initiative to bolster education knowledge.
Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this act. Congress should act now to give classroom teachers the research-based tools they need to help our Nation's children succeed. Thank you.