Join the "Wave of Action" against high-stakes testing

April Wave of ActionIn forums and public opinion polls and at local association meetings, MTA members have made it clear they believe high-stakes testing is undermining public education. Educators in other states feel the same way, as does a growing percentage of the general public. Now is the time to strike a blow against high-stakes standardized tests.

The MTA is encouraging members to participate in the NEA’s April Wave of Action in support of “less testing, more learning” by:

  • Moving forward with local efforts to pass resolutions, hold building meetings and work with community groups calling for the state Legislature to approve a three-year moratorium on high-stakes testing.
  • Supporting the NEA’s efforts to persuade Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (known as “No Child Left Behind” in its current form) in a way that reduces the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.

The MTA has created a High-Stakes Testing toolkit with materials to help local organizing efforts, including a fact sheet on the moratorium bill and a sample resolution. Please work with your MTA field representatives on these local efforts.

The NEA’s April Wave of Action campaign has created a nationwide events page. As you develop activities, please visit this page and enter information about your locals’ actions that relate to testing. These might include community forums, speaking at school committee meetings, local meetings about TS GOLD or any other union or community event related to testing.

Here are other actions the NEA is asking members to take during April:

  • Text the keyword STUDENTS to 83224 to get up-to-date information on ESEA’s progress in Congress.
  • Send an email to your members of Congress in support of less testing and more learning in the ESEA reauthorization.
  • Tweet your senators and representatives in Congress.
  • Call the Opportunity for All hotline at 1-866-331-7233 to be connected to your U.S. senators’ offices.