Urge Sen. Lamar Alexander and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to put an end to annual standardized testing

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Senator Lamar Alexander, Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee is holding Congressional hearings to "fix" No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and has asked the public for their input on his draft bill before February 2, 2015. The Network for Public Education (NPE) has called for the end of the federal mandate for annual testing, and has submitted a statement to the HELP Committee. You can read the full statement here.

We believe that every child in the United States deserves a sound education. Every child deserves a full curriculum in a school with adequate resources. We are deeply concerned that the current overemphasis on standardized testing is harming children, public schools, and our nation’s economic and civic future. It’s our conclusion that the over-emphasis, misapplication, costs, and poor implementation of high-stakes standardized tests now warrants federal intervention.

NPE believes a return to grade span testing (once in elementary, middle and high school) is an important first step toward restoring standardized testing to its appropriate use in education, while still giving policy makers and elected officials a valid snapshot of what is happening in schools. 

If you agree, now is the time to act by contacting Sen. Alexander and the HELP Committee!

A few minutes of your time today could bring about the end of standardized testing as we know it. We've made it easy for you to submit your letter and make your voice heard!