Burgeoning Support for Joint Statement on NCLB

K-12 Testing

FairTest Examiner - April 2007

The Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) continues to draw new endorsements at a rapid clip. Recent signers, including the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and Public Education Network (PEN), bring the total to 118, a more than fourfold increase from the original list of 27 in October 2004. The Joint Statement now represents a constituency of more than 50 million individuals, underscoring the broad-based appeal of its recommendations.

Other new signers include the National Coalition of ESEA Title I Parents and the Organization of Chinese Americans. The Joint Statement endorsers and the allied Forum on Education Accountability represent a wide array of education, civil rights, religious, disability, civic and children's organizations.

Testifying before the Joint House-Senate Education Committee, AFT President Edward J. McElroy stressed one of the Joint Statement's major critiques of NCLB: The system "misidentifies as failing thousands of schools that are making real progress. Students, parents, teachers, and communities know that their schools are making solid academic progress, yet they're told that they're not making the grade. It's devastating and demoralizing."

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