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Jerry P. Becker

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[ncsm-members] National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing
Posted: Apr 24, 2012 3:25 PM
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From Monty Neill, Executive Director, FairTest on the EDDRA2
listserve, Tuesday, April 24, 2012.
For your information.
Resolution on High-Stakes Testing


Inspired by a statement endorsed by more than 360 Texas school
boards, FairTest, 12 other organizations, and prominent individuals
have drafted a national Resolution on High-Stakes Testing.

Endorsements from organizations and individuals are sought -- to both
sign on and let others know about it.

To sign, go to
- where you can also obtain print versions to share with your
colleagues and organization(s).

The text of the resolution follows below.


This resolution is modeled on the resolution passed by more than 360
Texas school boards as of April 23, 2012. It was written by
Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund;
FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah
Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National
Education Association; New York Performance Standards Consortium;
Tracy Novick; Parents Across America; Parents United for Responsible
Education-Chicago; Diane Ravitch; Race to Nowhere; Time Out From
Testing; and United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries.
We encourage organizations and individuals to publicly endorse it
(see below). Organizations should modify it as needed for their local
circumstances while also endorsing this national version.

WHEREAS, our nation's future well-being relies on a high-quality
public education system that prepares all students for college,
careers, citizenship and lifelong learning, and strengthens the
nation's social and economic well-being (1); and

WHEREAS, our nation's school systems have been spending growing
amounts of time, money and energy on high-stakes standardized
testing, in which student performance on standardized tests is used
to make major decisions affecting individual students, educators and
schools (2); and

WHEREAS, the overreliance on high-stakes standardized testing in
state and federal accountability systems is undermining educational
quality and equity in U.S. public schools by hampering educators'
efforts to focus on the broad range of learning experiences that
promote the innovation, creativity, problem solving, collaboration,
communication, critical thinking and deep subject-matter knowledge
that will allow students to thrive in a democracy and an increasingly
global society and economy (3); and

WHEREAS, it is widely recognized that standardized testing is an
inadequate and often unreliable measure of both student learning and
educator effectiveness (4); and

WHEREAS, the over-emphasis on standardized testing has caused
considerable collateral damage in too many schools, including
narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of
learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers
out of the profession, and undermining school climate (5); and

WHEREAS, high-stakes standardized testing has negative effects for
students from all backgrounds, and especially for low-income
students, English language learners, children of color, and those
with disabilities (6); and

WHEREAS, the culture and structure of the systems in which students
learn must change in order to foster engaging school experiences that
promote joy in learning, depth of thought and breadth of knowledge
for students (7); therefore be it

RESOLVED that [your organization name] calls on the governor, state
legislature and state education boards and administrators to
reexamine public school accountability systems in this state, and to
develop a system based on multiple forms of assessment which does not
require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the
broad range of student learning, and is used to support students and
improve schools; and

RESOLVED, that [your organization name] calls on the U.S. Congress
and Administration to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education
Act (currently known as the "No Child Left Behind Act"), reduce the
testing mandates, promote multiple forms of evidence of student
learning and school quality in accountability, and not mandate any
fixed role for the use of student test scores in evaluating educators.

- To endorse this resolution, go to

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4610
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610
Phone: (618) 453-4241 [O]
(618) 457-8903 [H]
Fax: (618) 453-4244

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