Members of Congress are heading home from Washington DC for their mid-summer recess. Now is the perfect time to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to push for a new education bill that eliminates federal testing sanctions, stops mandating the evaluation of teachers based on their students' test scores, allows states to adopt opt-out policies, and encourages better forms of assessment.
As the assessment reform movement monitors Capitol Hill where a congressional conference committee will soon take up the rewrite of "No Child Left Behind," pressure to cut back testing volume and reduce high-stakes consequences continues to build at the grassroots. Be sure to check out the excellent new public education resources available for your local campaigns listed at the end of the news clips.
National How Changes in the Federal Education Law Might Cut Testing Time
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.