The U.S. Senate has joined the House of Representatives in responding to growing, grassroots pressure by voting to overhaul "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB). The bills passed by both the Senate and House reflect widespread rejection of failed top-down, test-and-punish strategies as well as the "NCLB on steroids" waiver regime dictated by Arne Duncan.
The national assessment reform movement remains focused on Capitol Hill as the U.S. Senate debates amendments to its bipartisan proposal to replace NCLB -- still at issue: eliminating of the federal test-every-child-every-year mandate. Please contact your state's two senators today to support the grade-span alternative (http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres). Meanwhile in many states, assessment reform activists continue to win victories as their pressure forces policy makers to reduce testing overkill and misuse.
After victories reining in testing misuse and overuse in several states and good proposals continuing to move forward in other state legislatures, the assessment reform movement's focus shifts to Capitol Hill where the Senate will debate a bipartisan proposal to replace the failed "No Child Left Behind" law with a bipartisan package. FairTest and its allies are pushing for further amendments to take Washington's foot off the testing accelerator by reducing the volume of federally mandated tests.
With the school year ending around the nation, the assessment resistance and reform movement is focusing its energies on Congress and state legislatures to end policies encouraging test overuses and misuses, which that opt-out activists and their allies have exposed.
Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, delivered a thoughtful and passionate talk to FairTest and our guests on receiving her Hero in Education award on June 4. She traces the links between testing and the social inequalities it perpetuates. View the 5-minute video here. https://youtu.be/mL6F7JCzOQ4
With stories from more than half of the 50 states, this week's news clips show the expanding breadth, depth and clout of the assessment resistance and reform movement. You can help strengthen support for grassroots activism by making contributing to the campaign for Less Testing, More Learning https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairtest
National "We Now Know That Students Cannot Be Tested Out of Poverty"