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How You Can Build Support for the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing!

Here are sample letters for you to use in encouraging friends, local school boards, allied organizations, and state and national legislators to endorse the Resolution. There are also sample letters to the editor and op-eds. We encourage you to submit these to your local paper or blogs.

Sample letters to friends and others:

Op-ed published in Charlotte (NC) on The National Resolution

Stop testing madness, create culture to truly prepare students

Posted: Thursday, May. 17, 2012 – Charlotte Observer op ed

From Pamela Grundy and Carol Sawyer, co-chairs of Mecklenburg Area Coming Together for Schools:

It’s test week, and every public school teacher and parent in North Carolina knows what that means.

Sample letter to editor on the National Resolution (longer)

It's MCAS time in Massachusetts. Our children, like their peers around the country, are spending less time learning, more time prepping for, taking and worrying about standardized tests.

Are you are concerned about the ever-increasing influence of standardized testing on your children? Do you have the feeling that your child is getting test prep while suburban kids are still learning a broad and deep curriculum that better prepares them for college and careers? Take heart. A national rebellion started Monday, April 23, and is spreading rapidly throughout the United States.

Sample Sample letter to editor on the National Resolution (short)

School’s out for summer, to the relief of millions of test-weary students, teachers and parents. Our children are spending less time learning, more time prepping for, taking and worrying about standardized tests.

Are you are concerned about the increasing influence of standardized testing on your children? Do feel your child is getting test prep while other kids are still learning a broad and deep curriculum that better prepares them for college and careers? Take heart. A national rebellion started this spring and is spreading rapidly throughout the United States.

Sample Letter to state and federal legislators on the National Resolution

Dear (Legislator/Congressperson),

Sample Letter to friends and colleagues on the National Resolution

Dear [your friend/colleague],

I'm writing to ask you to help curb the pervasive high-stakes testing that is damaging our children's education. Please join me in endorsing the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. (I attach a copy of it.)  

High-Stakes Testing Resistance Spreads Across Nation

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773

 

for immediate release, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HIGH-STAKES TESTING RESISTANCE SPREADS ACROSS NATION;
RESOLUTIONS, BOYCOTTS, OPT-OUTS SHOW INCREASED PUBLIC OPPOSITION
TO FAILED “TEST-AND-PUNISH” SCHOOL POLICIES

Testing Reform in the News -- June 8 - 12, 2012

There has been no let up in grassroots pressure to overhaul assessment even as the school year winds to a close around the nation.

Florida Exam-Scoring Fiasco Reveals Flaws of Test-Driven Schooling
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/education/florida-backtracks-on-standardized-state-tests.html

FairTest's Op Ed in The Atlanta Journal Constitution: When put to a test, testing culture flunks

By Robert Schaeffer

Across the U.S., the politically mandated misuse of standardized tests is damaging public schools and the children they serve. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigation of suspicious test scores around the nation is just the latest example. Experts may debate the methodology, but there is no question that cheating on standardized exams is widespread. In just the past three academic years, FairTest has documented confirmed cases of test score manipulation in 33 states plus the District of Columbia.

 

FairTest to Honor Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award

Date and Time: Tuesday, 5 June, 6:00-830 p.m.

Place: Julia Richman Educational Complex, 317 East 67th St., New York City

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