Standardized tests are producing anxiety and depression in children as young as eight years old. They kill curiosity, creativity and love of learning. Higher level thinking skills are replaced with skill, drill and kill. Standardized tests isolate children from learning how to interact effectively with others and how to develop community-based problem solving skills they will need as adults. Millions of dollars is spent on these unfair, biased tests. This money could be better spent on helping kids learn. These tests are not accurate measures of a child's abilities. These tests do more harm than good and take away countless months of learning. If we don't advocate for children, who will?
(1) After you sign this New York resolution, please also sign the "National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing" that can be found by clicking on the following link: http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/
(2) Encourage your board of education to sign this New York resolution and the National Resolution.
(3) More information on the battle to reduce standardized testing can also can be found in this Washington Post story:
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: While this petition is legitimate and will only be used in the effort to reduce standardized testing, carefully determine who is sponsoring any other petitions that pop up immediately after you sign this one or any other on-line petitions that are recommended to you. In the past, Michelle Rhee, the anti-public education activist, has posted innocent-sounding petitions, for example, anti-bullying petitions, that pop up. By signing those without realizing who is sponsoring them, people have had their names and contact information used by her organization. If you do not know the organization behind the petition, DO NOT SIGN it."
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