A Quick Look at the Fourteen Fundamental Principles

  1. Free, universal, high-quality public education is a fundamental right of all children and adolescents in the United States—from early childhood through college.
  1. Public education must remain an institution for the public good that ensures the betterment of all citizens.
  1. Public education must have visionary leadership.
  1. Equity and sufficiency of state and federal funding for public education must be addressed in order to meet the imperative to provide high-quality education for all.
  1. Responsible school and program choices must be offered within public education.
  1. Twenty-First Century learning environments must be designed to grow potential in every student.
  1. Curriculum in public schools must prepare students for a future of complexity and accelerating change.
  1. Assessment practices must support optimal progress for all students.
  1. The public’s right to understand and guide the education system must be reflected in equitable, reasonable, and accurate accountability methods.
  1. Teachers must be thoughtfully educated, highly regarded, valued, and respected members of a professional community.
  1. Teacher preparation programs must be designed as clinically based models of collaboration between teacher education and public preK-12 institutions.
  1. Vision and purpose should inform the kind of learning in which education professionals engage.
  1. Public education must identify and nurture innovation and creativity.
  2. Educators should embrace new technologies that support the teaching profession, lead to improved student learning, and are properly implemented by qualified teachers to enhance the learning process.