NEA Opposes High Stakes Testing

K-12 Testing

Activist teachers pushed the National Education Association to take a stronger stance against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests, including the annual testing mandated by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. At this summer’s annual NEA Representative Assembly, union delegates from across the nation voted overwhelming to direct the union to intervene more strongly in testing policy issues.


FairTest staff worked with local union members from Massachusetts, California, Wisconsin, and Maryland to craft the resolutions approved by the membership. The NEA had not previously taken a clear stance in opposition to President Bush’s testing plan, despite the clear evidence it would harm teachers as well as students.


A summary of the resolutions is on the web at