Published on Thursday, November 19, 2015 (From NJEA.org)
It’s been 13 years since the failed No Child Left Behind Act kick-started the nation’s standardized test obsession. It’s time for a new way. Educators, parents, and students across New Jersey have demanded that state leaders roll back unfair standardized testing that narrows the curriculum and diverts time and resources away from learning.
Without federal action to relax testing, state efforts can only go so far.
In July, both houses of Congress passed different pieces of legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (H.R. 5 in the House, S. 1177 in the Senate). Both bills would roll back high-stakes testing in different ways—but the Senate version is better overall for public education. Congress must rectify these different pieces of legislation with a bipartisan bill.
Tell Congress to get ESEA right by doing the two actions, below:
- Call 1-866-331-7233 (enter your zip, follow the prompts, pick Senator Booker when given a choice)
- Send an e-mail at GetESEARight.com
Use these materials to organize your members: