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…and if you are a parent, teacher, student or concerned citizen in the great state of Washington, contactSenator 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, email@example.com.
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)
10 North Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 624-9515 (phone)
(509) 624-9561 (fax)
915 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
(206) 553-5545 (phone)
(206) 553-0891 (fax)
(866) 481-9186 (toll free)
Chief of Staff
This is the time to let the Federal government to know the testing madness must stop.