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.
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
LEGISLATION An Act strengthening and investing in our educators, students and communities requires Massachusetts to rethink its high-stakes testing regime.
Summary | Legislation
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.
TAKE A STAND AND FIGHT FOR THE SCHOOLS OUR STUDENTS DESERVE
Sign up for the #lesstesting campaign.
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 test' event, meeting with area legislators or in other ways increasing local awareness about high-stakes testing.
WHY MTA MEMBERS OPPOSE HIGH-STAKES TESTING Educators came from all over the state and waited hours to testify at a State House hearing on testing. Click here to read their testimony.
Here's a list of a communities that have taken a position or passed resolutions calling for a moratorium on high-stakes testing.
Good Resources & Reads
NEA's Time to Learn 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 MCAS page and visit CPS on Facebook for regular updates. You can also sign CPS' Less Testing, More Learning petition.
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.
BOARD OF EDUCATION PASSES PARCC-INFUSED MCAS
Despite opposition from educators, parents and school committee members, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8 to 3 on Nov. 17, 2015, to adopt a new PARCC-infused MCAS test starting in 2017.
MTA BACKS OPT-OUT MOVEMENT MTA Annual Meeting delegates voted to support the right of parents to opt their children out of high-stakes standardized testing.
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 that included a strong social media presence and a packed State House hearing on testing-related bills.