WASHINGTON – October 24, 2015 –National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following statement regarding Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement that the Obama administration will work to limit over testing:
“We are optimistic that President Obama and Secretary Duncan have learned from the students, parents, and educators who see first hand that over testing acts as a barrier to student success and takes away time to learn. But that’s just the first lesson. With a reauthorization of ESEA on the horizon, we hope this decision leads the administration and all policy makers to also address the high-stakes that too often accompany these standardized tests. We need real solutions that close opportunity gaps for students, and that begins with listening to the people that know the names of the children in their schools and classrooms to develop assessments that come from educators and work for students. Only then can we create the kind of schools that promote success for every child, regardless of their zip code.”
As part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, NEA has pushed for limits on time spent on standardized tests, as well as eliminating high stakes that accompany standardized tests while preserving diagnostic assessments that help students and inform educators.