Tell Congress: Department must drop proposed accountability regulations
The U.S. Department of Education (DoE) has drafted regulations for implementing the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The DOE proposals would continue test-and-punish practices imposed by the failed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. The draft over-emphasizes standardized exam scores, mandates punitive interventions not required in law, and extends federal micro-management. The draft regulations would also require states to punish schools in which larger numbers of parents refuse to let their children be tested. When DoE makes decisions that should have been set locally in partnership with educators, parents, and students, it takes away local voices that ESSA tried to restore.
You can help stop this harmful overreach by sending this letter to your Members of Congress and by posting a Comment to the DoE website; see FairTest suggested Comment at http://www.fairtest.org/fairtest-opposes-us-education-departments-harmful.