UNCA to Host Talk on No Child Left Behind Act;
Speaker is U.S. Department of Education Senior Administrator, UNCA
U.S. Department of Education senior administrator Zollie Stevenson Jr.
will discuss "No Child Left Behind from the Federal Perspective:
Accountability for All Students," at 7:15 p.m. Monday, April 19, in
UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall. A reception will follow his
talk in the Carmichael Hall Lobby. The event is free and open to the
"There are a number of misconceptions about the No Child Left
Behind Act," said Stevenson. "Part of the reason for the talk is
to clarify these misconceptions and to provide a deeper understanding. I
hope to share perspectives on NCLB and to respond to the tough questions
people have about it."
Stevenson’s talk will focus on the provisions of the No Child Left
Behind Act (NCLB) and what those mean for students with the highest
poverty level and lowest academic achievement. The talk will address the
standards and assessment requirements of NCLB, how those requirements
impact on each state's development of an accountability system plan and
the approach that North Carolina has taken to address these requirements.
Additionally, Stevenson will address the flexibility that has been granted
recently by Secretary Rod Paige in assessing limited English proficient
and disabled students.
Stevenson, a 1975 UNCA graduate, is a senior education program
specialist in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S.
Department of Education in Washington. He is the national chairman of
programs and special projects for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and
serves as the board chairman for the National Capital Area Chapter of the
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation. Stevenson received UNCA’s
Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001 and currently is a member of UNCA’s
National Alumni Advisory Council. He holds a master’s degree from N.C.
A&T University and a doctorate from UNC Chapel Hill.
For more information, call UNCA’s Teaching Fellows Office at
- Dr. Brian Butler, UNCA Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director,