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The Learning First Alliance is an unprecedented, permanent collaboration of twelve national education organizations that have united to support the strength and commitment of more than ten million Americans working to improve student learning at the local, state, and national levels. For the first time, the Learning First Alliance brings together leaders from all levels of the education community who have worked individually to improve public education, although not always in a coordinated effort. Member organizations represent teachers, principals, parents, teacher educators, local and state school boards, school administrators, curriculum experts, and national, state and community leaders. Since its founding in January 1997, the Alliance's member presidents and executive directors have met regularly to advance a common agenda to improve public education.

The Alliance strives to deliver common messages on core issues facing America's schools, align priorities, share and disseminate success stories, encourage collaboration at every level, and work toward long-term systemic change based on solid research.

The goals of this collaboration are threefold:

  1. To ensure that high academic expectations are held for all students;
  2. To ensure a positive and supportive place of learning for all students; and
  3. To engage parents and community members in helping students achieve high academic expectations

Initially, the Alliance's member organizations have chosen to focus their efforts on improving student achievement in reading and mathematics. In mathematics, the Alliance's goal is for virtually all students to successfully complete a challenging K-12 mathematics curriculum that includes mastery of content currently included in Algebra I and Geometry by the end of ninth grade. The Alliance's mathematics action plan, Every Child Mathematically Proficient, advances research-based strategies to elevate American students to world class levels in mathematics.

The Learning First Alliance member organizations include:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • Education Commission of the States
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • National Association of State Boards of Education
  • National Education Association
  • National Parent Teacher Association
  • National School Boards Association

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