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Normally, FairTest sends out these news clips summaries once a week, early each Tuesday afternoon. With school standardized exam season now in full gear, however, the flow of stories about testing resistance and reform actions is accelerating rapidly. This special edition -- with updates from more than half the 50 states over just three days -- reports on the first, too-modest steps by policy makers across the U.S. to respond to the growing grassroots pressure for assessment reform.
Your voice can help make a difference! Use this letter to urge your U.S. Senators to support a reduction in standardized testing to once each in elementary, middle and high schools, while ending high stakes, punitive sanctions.
The Senate education committee will consider a rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as NCLB) by mid-March. The House bill, up for an early March vote, keeps all the testing in grades 3-8.
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002, the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Its provisions, such as testing grades 3-8 annually in reading and math and punitive sanctions, took effect over the next several years. The law is seven years overdue for reauthorization by Congress. This year, both the House and Senate are showing strong interest in voting for a new version.