Letter to the Nation

Here’s the letter FairTest submitted to the Nation
in response to the cover story on NCLB by Linda Darling-Hammond et el.

by Monty Neill

Forum on Educational Accountability Proposed ESEA/NCLB Amendments


Seven Ways to Work to Overhaul the Federal Education Law (ESEA/NCLB)

Below is a list of ways you can work towards overhauling the federal law. For a few items, we have links for more detailed info. In the near future, we will provide additional links - things like how to organize a forum (#1).

  1. Hold a public forum in your community to discuss NCLB.

  2. Persuade your organizations to pass resolutions calling for reform of NCLB:

Another (Easy) Way to Act for NCLB Change

Here’s yet another way to do something to get Congress to fix No Child Left Behind, and you can do it without leaving home.

Act TODAY for NCLB Overhaul


The Bush Administration and its Congressional allies are trying to push through fast-track renewal of the fundamentally flawed “No Child Left Behind” law without the public debate it requires.

Now is the time for assessment reformers like you to act. Contact your U.S. Senators and Representative today. Tell them NCLB should not be reauthorized unless all these issues are addressed. Ask them to contact the Education Committee and press for adoption of the reforms listed here.

Ensure U.S. House Really Overhauls NCLB


The House Education Committee is about to adopt language for the next version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind (NCLB). It could approve a bill in early July, with the full House voting later in July!

Now is the time for assessment reformers like you to act. The next steps include:

Keep up the Pressure for Real NCLB Reform!

July 31, 2007

A Draft Alternative Approach to Accountability



At its best, the idea of adequate yearly progress (AYP) is an effort to prod schools, districts and states to identify and solve two kinds of problems: schools in which most students perform well but some students do not, particularly low-income or minority-group students; and schools in which most students do not meet high standards (using standardized tests or other measures, such as their school course work, or college entry or success).

Performance Assessment Language for ESEA

The following language changes to Title I, Part A, section 1111 of NCLB would encourage more productive assessments:

1. Paragraph (b)(3) ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS-
Summary of key changes: limit mandated state assessments to three grade levels in reading/language arts and mathematics; clarify that assessments shall be standards-based, use multiple measures including performance assessments, and ensure assessment of higher-order thinking and learning.

Get Involved – Help Ensure Congress Overhauls No Child Left Behind

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will vote starting October 19 on a new NLCB/ESEA. The main bill, introduced by Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), is about as bad as NCLB. It will require tens of millions of new tests and a heavy reliance on test scores to judge teachers, principals and “low scoring” schools. Congress must hear your voice if we are to block the worst provisions and have a chance to win beneficial changes. 

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