Sample letter to editor on the National Resolution (longer)
It's MCAS time in Massachusetts. Our children, like their peers around the country, are spending less time learning, more time prepping for, taking and worrying about standardized tests.
Are you are concerned about the ever-increasing influence of standardized testing on your children? Do you have the feeling that your child is getting test prep while suburban kids are still learning a broad and deep curriculum that better prepares them for college and careers? Take heart. A national rebellion started Monday, April 23, and is spreading rapidly throughout the United States.
Boston-based FairTest, 12 other organizations, and some individuals have launched a National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. We seek endorsements from organizations and individuals -- and ask that you sign on and let others know about it. In just a week, 225 organizations and 5500 individuals have signed it.
Education historian Diane Ravitch, who helped write our resolution, explained, “Tests are a tool, not a goal. We should use them as needed, not let them use us. Their misuse has turned them into a weapon to narrow the curriculum, incentivize cheating, promote gaming the system, and control teachers.”
Among the endorsing organizations are the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; National Opportunity To Learn Campaign (Cambridge); Citizens for Public Schools (MA); Parents Across America; Palm Beach (FL) County School Board; National Education Association; United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries; Center for Collaborative Education (Boston); National Association for Bilingual Education; American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Fairfax (VA) County Public Schools; National Council of Teachers of English; Alliance for Childhood; National Alliance for Multicultural Education; and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
The National PTA is encouraging local PTAs to endorse it. Over 425 Texas school boards have endorsed a similar resolution.
If you haven't signed yet, sign on today. Spread the word among your family, friends and colleagues. Let's make this even bigger than it already is, so the important call for change cannot be ignored. Time to make some noise! Here's the link: http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/.
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