House Votes to Halt Head Start Test

K-12 Testing

The U.S. House of Representatives voted in September to suspend use of the “National Reporting System” (NRS) test that was to be administered to children in the Head Start program (see Examiner, Spring 2005). The vote follows a critical report on the NRS by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and lobbying by Dr. Samuel Meisels of the Erikson Institute and many other Head Start and young children’s advocates. The Senate is viewed as likely to agree, and President Bush would have to veto the entire Head Start reauthorization legislation to get Congress to re-introduce the test.


This is an important victory for children and a sign that determined advocates seeking to roll back the overuse and misuse of testing can make gains.