Tell Congress to finish the job on rolling back high-stakes testing.
It’s been 13 years since the failed No Child Left Behind Act kick-started the nation’s standardized test obsession. It’s time for a new way. Educators, parents, and students across New Jersey have demanded that state leaders roll back unfair standardized testing that narrows the curriculum and diverts time and resources away from learning.
Without federal action to relax testing, state efforts can only go so far.
In July, both houses of Congress passed different pieces of legislation reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (H.R. 5 in the House, S. 1177 in the Senate). Both bills would roll back high-stakes testing in different ways—but the Senate version is better overall for public education. Congress must rectify these different pieces of legislation with a bipartisan bill.
Tell Congress to get ESEA right by doing the two actions, below:
- Call 1-866-331-7233 (enter your zip, follow the prompts, pick Senator Booker when given a choice)
- Send an e-mail at GetESEARight.com
BONUS ACTION: Tell the U.S. Senate to OPPOSE vouchers
The U.S. House recently passed an expansion of the DC Voucher program and the U.S. Senate is considering the same. Take the two actions below to defeat this program:
- Call Senator Booker’s office at (202) 224-3224 and tell him to change his mind on vouchers by opposing S. 2171, which expands the DC Voucher program (Sen. Booker is a sponsor) (you may also add this to the ESEA call, above). Key talking points:
- Vouchers deprive students of important rights and protections. Private schools are not held to the same accountability standards as public schools, including Title IX and special education.
- At a time of limited funding, it is unthinkable to divert millions of dollars a year to provide vouchers to a few instead of focusing on equipping all students for success
- E-mail Senator Booker at http://capwiz.com/nea/issues/ (select “Oppose the DC Voucher Program” on top and follow the directions).