AFT Leader Opposes Sole Reliance on Tests

K-12 Testing

In a recent newspaper column generally supporting arguments to “raise the bar” by setting higher academic standards, Sandra Feldman, President of the American Federation of Teachers explained that tests should be one--but not the only--factor in assessing student performance.


“In too many places, school officials are relying too heavily on high-stakes tests to determine whether students are meeting standards,” Feldman explained. While arguing that tests are valuable in providing a single yardstick for student performance, she opposes using a single test to determine whether students should graduate.


The AFT has been a major force in promoting the current over-reliance on standardized testing of students. Among other things, former AFT president Al Shanker supported proposals by Presidents Bush and Clinton for a national exam.