Association Supports Military Student Identifier

More than one million school age military children attend public schools in their local communities. Although we know that their experience in school is affected by the many challenges of military life - including frequent moves and repeated deployments of the service member parent – there is currently no reliable data available on military children in public schools. As the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in 2011, "There is no data available on these military-connected students that could be used to assess the academic achievement or educational outcomes, or determine where funding needs are the greatest." 

Having more precise information about military children in our schools would allow educational institutions and policy makers at all levels of government to monitor military kids’ academic success and create programs better able to support them. For this reason, our Association supports a proposed amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which would create a national military student identifier.

You can read more about our support of military children’s education on our website.

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