Bubble-Test-and-Broken-Pencil-576x324Educators and parents alike want carefully designed assessments that fairly evaluate student growth and help improve teacher practices.

However, current high stakes testing has led to many schools narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of learning, pushing students out of school and driving teachers out of the profession. These tests have been pushed in the name of accountability without producing useful data and constantly used as a shallow measure for teacher performance.

We believe that:

  • Too much classroom time is being spent on teaching students to take tests rather than learning the subject material
  • Instead of narrowing the curriculum to tested subjects, schools should be providing opportunities for students to explore a variety of areas, including the arts, physical education, and other non-tested subjects
  • Test scores should never be used to punish a school with decreased funding or a “failing” label

Simply fill out the form below to tell your elected officials to end the focus on high stakes testing!

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