It’s school testing time in Massachusetts and across the nation. With more than a decade of state and federally mandated high-stakes testing under our belts, has the nation come to terms with testing’s impact on our schools? Not so much. This year’s school testing season has unleashed a national wave of resistance. More than 400 school boards in Texas, more than 1,400 New York State principals and groups of education professors and researchers in Chicago and New York have each produced powerful statements saying enough is enough to the overuse, misuse and abuse of standardized testing in our schools. As part of this wave, FairTest has initiated The National Testing Resolution, drafted by 13 national education, civil rights, parent and religious organizations, several local groups, and prominent individuals such as Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier.
In just over a week, this resolution has been signed by more than 230 organizations and 5,780 individuals. Boston-based Citizens for Public Schools was among the first groups to endorse the resolution, which calls on local, state and federal officials to reduce the amount of testing and end high-stakes test misuses. Recent endorsers include the Texas Association of School Boards, Palm Beach County School Board, FL, and Fairfax County Public Schools, VA; PTAs and other parent groups; national, state and local education organizations; and civil rights and community organizations. You can sign on and see complete lists of organizational and individual signers at the National Resolution website. Please consider signing on today, then reach out to your friends, neighbors and affiliated groups to urge them to sign on as well. Help make this even bigger than it is already!