Student Performance Testing

Bipartisan ESEA Bill: A Step Forward

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization proposal announced this week shows that, even in the current climate, it's possible to find common ground by listening to teachers, parents and other voices in education. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) -- the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee -- on Tuesday unveiled a bipartisan bill reauthorizing the law, known in its current form as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
 
Click here for a bill summary from the HELP Committee.
 

Teachers Union Leaders Team Up on ESEA

The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions last week offered a shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs. A day later they reiterated their commitment in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.
 
Click here to watch the joint keynote presentation.
 

Educators' Voices Heard on ESEA Reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a national telephone town hall to in-district meetings with elected officials, AFT members from across the country have focused on the all-important reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). AFT Connecticut-affiliated union members last week traveled to Washington, DC and met with U.S. Senator Chris Murphy in New Haven to press for a return to the original mission of the keystone federal law for K-12 education: equity.
 
Click here for photos of the meeting with Sen. Murphy.
 

The Federal Government, Equity and Civil Rights

AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute last week sponsored a conversation in Washington, D.C. about the stakes involved in reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). There panelists discussed what it will mean for the millions of students who look to their schools for a fair shake and a chance to reach their dreams.
 
Click here to watch the "ESEA at 50" forum's introduction.
 

Renewing the Call to Reduce High-Stakes Tests

Our allies in the Connecticut Education Association (CEA) today announced a proposal that builds on long-running, collaborative efforts to lessen the burden of tests on students in our state's schools. At a press conference an ad campaign and petition drive were launched with the goal of urging lawmakers to take action during the 2015 legislative session to reduce excessive testing.
 
Click here to add your name to the online petition.
 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act at 50

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Arne Duncan's speech yesterday on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) included some promising elements -- as well as others that raise concerns. AFT last week released policy priorities on the law urging an end to a system of "test-and-punish" and a new "support-and-improve" approach for America's students, education professionals and schools.
 
Click here for AFT's priorities for ESEA reauthorization.
 

The Federal Education Department Got Teacher Prep Wrong

There are new proposed regulations out from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) that focus on teacher preparation, and they’re not good. They use unreliable, out-of-context data like K-12 standardized test scores and employment numbers to punish teacher preparation programs.

 
Click here for press coverage of the proposed changes.
 

Teacher Prep Regulations Reinforce "Test-and-Punish" Model

There's no evidence that new teacher preparation regulations released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) will lead to improvement and plenty of reason to believe they will cause harm, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
 
Click here for the DOE's proposed regulation.
 

Coalition of Teachers, Parents and Education Leaders Release New Accountability Framework

A broad-based group of organizations today released "A New Social Compact for American Education" -- a groundbreaking rethinking of accountability that replaces the current paradigm of "test and punish" with a focus on what is needed to support and improve teaching and learning.
 
Click here to learn more about the new framework at the coalition's website.
 

Comments on Malloy-Wyman Admin. Efforts to 
Lessen Students' Testing Burden

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on Governor Malloy’s letter to the U.S. Department of Education secretary on reducing standardized testing in the state’s public schools:
 
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