NEA Offers Stalling Tactic: YOU Can Be More Direct
NEA bills this as action to Reduce the federal role in testing.
Go here, put in your zip code, and you'll get a form letter to send to you Congressional representative. Asking for Congressional hearings is a stalling tactic.
Click the red arrow to select any of the following text for inclusion in your message.
As an educator and a constituent, I urge you to support the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 4172), a bipartisan bill that would reduce the federal role in testing to the pre-No Child Left Behind status known as grade-span testing.
Annual testing mandated by No Child Left Behind, in combination with state and local assessments, has created a sense that schools are now test-prep factories instead of places of learning.
With grade-span testing -- meaning once in elementary, once in middle and once in high school - the number of federally-mandated standardized tests students take during their K-12 years would drop from 14 to 6.
State or local agencies could choose to administer their own assessments more frequently, particularly to help improve instruction in a timely manner.
Grade-span testing would free up time for instruction, help lessen the burden that testing places on school time and resources, diminish the misguided emphasis on "teaching to the test," and encourage schools to widen curricula and offer enrichment classes.
I repeat: Asking for Congressional hearings is a stalling tactic.
a stalling tactic.
Confront the issue directly. Make the President confront it directly.
Sign the petition to the White House (which must be signed by April 16). If we fail to get 100,000 signatures, the petition just disappears.
We petition the Obama administration to:
Direct the Department of Education & Congress to Remove Annual Standardized Testing Mandates of NCLB and RttT
A President initiated both mandates. Now we call on the President to end the part that harms children.
Ending the controversial annual standardized testing is the first step toward ending the damage done by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.
No other country puts students through this incessant testing.
Let the long-established National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results continue to provide a national picture of student academic progress.
Each state will determine the proper role of standardized testing to meet their needs.
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