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PERFORMANCE TASKS e Time Is Now: e Critical Role of Educator Advocacy India Harris India Harris is currently the Coordinator of Secondary Instruction and Division Testing for Waynesboro Public Schools. Having received a Masters of Education in Special Education from the College of William and Mary and a Post Graduate Certification in School Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, she is currently working on her doctorate in Strategic Leadership at James Madison University. She can be reached at iharris@waynesboro.k12.va.us. Introduction Since the release of A Nation at Risk in 1983 by the National Commission for Excellence in Education (NCEE), education policy has been focused on reforming our education system. This national report stated that the future of the United States and its ability to compete globally are at risk due to our failing public schools. The NCEE shared that students are not graduating with the necessary skills, particularly in math, science, and technology, to keep the nation at the forefront of innovation and commerce. This report began the long and arduous process of trying to fix the public school system through education policy focused on accountability (Honig, 2006). The introduction of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2002 again forced our public education system under society's microscope. For the first time, a law required public schools to focus on subgroup performance and schools to be 2015 Vol. 12 Virginia Educational Leadership vaascd.org 73

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