Action of the week: 1-22-15

Continue to contact Congress about ESEA, testing, and more

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee held a  hearing on testing and accountability this past Tuesday as ESEA begins to move toward reauthorization.

PAA submitted our position paper on testing to the committee, and individually to every member of the committee, and  all House education committee members.

We called for grade span instead of annual testing (HELP Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Option 1) and flexibility and support for states to develop assessment systems that include multiple measures.

Here’s a link to the recording of the testimony of the panel members selected to speak here, and to their written testimony.

Here’s what you can do

1) Continue to contact your Senator and Congresspeople today and ask for their support for grade-span testing and state flexibility in selecting appropriate assessments, Option 1 of Sen. Alexander’s ESEA bill.

2) If you haven’t done so already, share your thoughts with Chairman Alexander who has asked for input on his proposal here: fixingNCLB@help.senate.gov.

3 + 1 talking points:

1) I support grade-span testing in place of annual testing requirements.
2) I support flexibility for states to choose assessments that help children and don’t force schools to become standardized test prep factories.
3) I support including a parents’ right to opt their children out of any standardized test.

+ 1) Add your own story – what has caused you to oppose high-stakes standardized testing?

More on ESEA to come

The next Senate HELP hearing is on January 27th and deals with teachers and principals. We will keep you posted on future Congressional ESEA hearings and topics – we will be keeping an eye on issues including expanded charter school funding, virtual learning and vouchers.

Register for Ed Week webinar
on Local School Councils

PAA has endorsed the Local School Council (LSC) model of parent empowerment. You can find out a lot more about LSCs by joining a webinar hosted by Education Week and featuring PAA’s Julie Woestehoff, a veteran Chicago LSC member and long-time LSC trainer and advocate.

Sign up here for the webinar, which will take place on Monday, February 9, at 2 pm Eastern time.

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