Federal Legislation
March 15, 2007

S. 224—SPEAK Act of 2007

Action Requested:
No action is requested at this time. HSLDA is monitoring this bill and its progress in Congress.

Background:
Standards to Provide Educational Achievement for Kids Act (the SPEAK Act) is a bill to create or adopt, and implement, rigorous and voluntary American education content standards in mathematics and science covering kindergarten through grade 12, to provide for the assessment of student proficiency benchmarked against such standards, and for other purposes. This bill amends the National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 affecting states that receive school improvement funds, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year. Among the other purposes of this bill is to provide standards for teacher certification and national assessment in the area of math and science. This bill was also introduced in the House on the same day as H.R. 325.

It is our concern that this legislation could be used as the basis for a national curriculum.

Introduced: 1/9/2007 Referred to the Senate Committee.

Status:

1/9/2007Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Sponsor: Senator Christopher J. Dodd

Cosponsors: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:SN00224:@@@P

Bill Summary and Status: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:s.00224:

HSLDA's Position:
Oppose

 Other Resources

September/October 2007 Court Report: “The Danger of National Standards”

H.R. 325—The ‘SPEAK’ Act of 2007