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oncerned about the overuse and misuse of standardized testing, MTA members are organizing for “Less Testing and More Learning.” There are many ways to get involved in our growing movement — You can write a letter to the editor outlining your concerns, pass a resolution opposing high-stakes standardized testing, or spread the message on social media.

Check out the resources below to learn more and get involved.

The Basics

OUR CONCERNS ABOUT HIGH-STAKES TESTING Teachers assess students all the time to guide instruction; it is the excessive amount of testing and the high stakes attached to the results that are the problem. Messages About High-Stakes Testing

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LEGISLATION An Act Relative to a Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing and PARCC, has a twofold purpose — to place a three-year moratorium on administering the PARCC tests and on using MCAS results to make high-stakes decisions about students, educators or schools. Fact Sheet | Legislation Testimony given by MTA members in favor of H. 340 

MTA BACKS OPT-OUT MOVEMENT Delegates to the 2015 MTA Annual Meeting voted to support the right of parents to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized testing.

Take Action

Opting Out of High-Stakes Tests

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE OPT-OUT MOVEMENT . Resources, including a parents' guide to opting out of standardized tests, a sample opt-out letter, and help with organizing a community forum, are available in our Opt-Out Toolkit.

PASS A RESOLUTION calling for a moratorium on high-stakes testing. For use by local associations, school committees, parents, school groups and other community organizations.

SIGN A PETITION in support of a moratorium on high-stakes testing. This petition is for local associations to use to help engage members in the issue and to lead to further actions. Further actions may include asking a local school committee to pass a resolution, sponsoring a community forum or ‘take the PARCC’ event, meeting with area legislators or in other ways increasing local awareness about high-stakes testing.

SPREAD THE #LESSTESTING MESSAGE Harness the power of social media to tell the world how high-stakes testing is hurting our students and our schools. Click here for some easy ways to get this message out to the world.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TESTING This sample release is to help members who submitted testimony in favor of House 340 to spread the word. Click here to read members' testimony and to submit your own testimony.

Organizing Victories

Here's a list of a communities that have taken a position or passed resolutions calling for a moratorium on high-stakes testing and/or PARCC Click on the links for additional information.

WEEK OF ACTION Responding to the call, MTA members and our partners in the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance launched the Less Testing/More Learning campaign with a Week of Action in June that included a strong social media presence and a packing a State House hearing on testing-related bills.

 Good Resources & Reads

NEA
NEA's Time to Teach Initiative is based on the premise that educators need more time to teach — rather than test — to instill a lifelong love of learning in our students. The site offers news, tools, research, and suggested actions.

Citizens for Public Schools
CPS's Less Testing, More Learning campaign is aimed at rolling back standardized tests and strenghtening public education. Check out CPS's PARCC and MCAS pages and visit CPS on Facebook for regular updates. You can also sign CPS' Less Testing, More Learning petition.

FairTest
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing, known as FairTest, is a respected Massachusetts-based institute committed to ending the misuses of and flaws in standardized testing. It offers a wealth of research, news and suggested actions. Click here for a list of fact sheets, including What's Wrong with Standardized Tests?, read FairTest's latest newsletter, Testing Resistance & Reform News, and visit the organization's action center.

New Jersey Education Association
The NEA state affiliate offers a wealth of organizing tools and materials related to high-stakes testing.

MTA Toolkit on TS GOLD/Kindergarten Assessments
Resources related to the Massachusetts Kindergarten Entry Assessment mandate, administered as Teaching Strategies GOLD in most districts. 

PARCC

Board of Education passed PARCC-infused MCAS
Despite opposition from many educators, parents and school committee members, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8 to 3 on Nov. 17 to adopt a new PARCC-infused MCAS test starting in 2017.

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Posted by Massachusetts Teachers Association on Thursday, June 11, 2015