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Petitioning The United States Government and 13 others

Overhaul No Child Left Behind and High-Stakes Testing Mandates.

Standardized Tests should be used to inform education professionals about what individual students are learning, and what is working best for schools and districts. These tests should not be the sole or primary measure of a potentially punitive teacher evaluation system. Instead, standardized tests should be useful and relevant to both teachers and students.
"Even if the tests contained no absurd questions; even if the tests were flawless, the misuse of test scores is an affront to educators and to students. There may be diagnostic value in standardized tests, but they are now being treated as scientific instruments. They are cultural artifacts, social constructions, created by fallible people. They should be used appropriately to provide useful information to teachers, not to punish or reward them." - Diane Ravitch

Letter to
The United States Government
U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Dan Maffei
and 11 others
Representative Ami Bera
Senator Kay Hagan
Representative John Kline
Senator Mike Enzi
Senator Patty Murray
Senator Orrin Hatch
Senator Lamar Alexander
Senator Tom Harkin
Representative Ruben Hinojosa
Representative Joe Wilson
U.S. Senate
I just signed the following petition addressed to: The United States Government.

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Congress should overhaul No Child Left Behind and High-Stakes Testing.

Standardized Tests should be used to inform education professionals about what individual students are learning, and what is working best for schools and districts. These tests should not be the sole or primary measure of a potentially punitive teacher evaluation system. Instead, standardized tests should be useful and relevant to both teachers and students.
"Even if the tests contained no absurd questions; even if the tests were flawless, the misuse of test scores is an affront to educators and to students. There may be diagnostic value in standardized tests, but they are now being treated as scientific instruments. They are cultural artifacts, social constructions, created by fallible people. They should be used appropriately to provide useful information to teachers, not to punish or reward them." - Diane Ravitch
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Sincerely,