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If you are an educator, sign this open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about test-focused reforms by February 20, 2015

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…and if you are a parent, teacher, student or concerned citizen in the great state of Washington, contact Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s ranking member Senator Patty Murray from Washington State (contact information below) and let her know what you think about high stakes testing and the on-going regime of standardized testing imposed by the state and Federal government.

Over 1,500 educators from around the country have signed onto the following letter:

Dear Members of Congress and the Obama Administration:

We are researchers and professors in colleges, universities, and other research institutions throughout the United States with scholarly and practical expertise in public education, including education policy, school reform, teaching and learning, assessment, and educational equity. As Congress revises and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, we strongly urge departing from test-focused reforms that not only have been discredited for high-stakes decisions, but also have shown to widen, not close, gaps and inequities. The current reauthorization provides an historic opportunity to leverage federal resources to address the deeper and more systemic problems with strategies that research has compellingly demonstrated to be far more effective in improving the educational opportunities and success of all students, particularly those in highest need. Specifically, we write to endorse the concerns, analyses, and recommendations in the recently released policy memo from the National Education Policy Center, “Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Time to Move Beyond Test-focused Policies,” which is available online at http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/esea.

The following researchers endorse the NEPC memo, as of February 17, 2015. Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only. The signature list on this page will be updated daily. Your name will not appear immediately upon signing on. Total number of signers to date: 1,522

Contact person for the letter: Kevin Kumashiro, Dean, University of San Francisco School of Education, kkumashiro@usfca.edu.

Additional contact information for Patty Murray:

Washington D.C. Office
154 Russell SOB
Washington, D.C.  20510
(202) 224-2621 (phone)
(202) 224-0238 (fax)

Spokane Office
10 North Post Street
Suite 600
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 624-9515 (phone)
(509) 624-9561 (fax)

Seattle Office
915 Second Avenue
Suite 2988
Seattle, WA  98174
(206) 553-5545 (phone)
(206) 553-0891 (fax)
(866) 481-9186 (toll free)

Mike Spahn
Chief of Staff
mike_spahn@murray.senate.gov

This is the time to let the Federal government to know the testing madness must stop.

Dora Taylor

One comment on “If you are an educator, sign this open letter to Congress and the Obama administration about test-focused reforms by February 20, 2015

  1. Amy Rogers
    February 18, 2015

    Stop the destruction to our students and teachers. Testing is not teaching.

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