Our nation's future well-being relies on a high-quality public education system that prepares all students for college, careers, citizenship and lifelong learning, and strengthens the nation's social and economic well-being. Unfortunately, our school systems have been spending growing amounts of time, money and energy on high-stakes standardized testing, in which student performance on standardized tests is used to make major decisions affecting individual students, educators and schools.
Take Action to oppose high stakes testing! Sign on to a national statement calling for reduction of standardized testing in public schools.
By signing onto the statement you are joining with thousands of education advocates in calling on the Obama Administration, Congress, governors, legislatures, and state boards of education to reduce reliance on standardized tests and increase support for students and teachers, particularly those in racially and economically isolated communities.
Why does this matter?
High stakes testing has narrowed the curriculum to the tested subjects of basic reading and math and increased the dropout rate as those likely to fail are counseled into alternative programs or held back.
Even today, when the U.S. Department of Education is offering states waivers from some of the most onerous provisions of No Child Left Behind, high stakes tests remain the core of current policy—used to determine salaries and bonuses for principals and teachers, to make decisions about hiring and firing, and to identify schools to be closed or privatized.
The United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries is one of the original sponsors of the resolution, sponsors that also include Advancement Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; National Education Association, and Parents Across America, along with a number of statewide organizations and educators Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier. Get more info.
Please sign on to a national statement calling for reduction of standardized testing in public schools:
More than 8,000 individuals and nearly 400 organizations—from teachers’ organizations to the Ohio Poverty Law Center to New Orleans’ Pyramid Community Parent Resources Center to the Coalition of Essential Schools to the Christian Education Department of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church—have endorsed the resolution since its release in late April. The sponsoring organizations, including the United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries, are looking to turn this wave of signers into a tsunami of citizens speaking out against what has become our national obsession with test-and-punish.
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