Sticker Day kicks off Week of Action

A celebration followed the School Committee’s endorsement of a resolution by the Educational Association of Worcester for a moratorium on high-stakes testing.A celebration followed the School Committee’s endorsement of a resolution by the Educational Association of Worcester for a moratorium on high-stakes testing.

Thousands of MTA members and others concerned about the devastating impact of high-stakes testing will be wearing bright yellow stickers today, June 8, that bear the message, “Less Testing/More Learning.”

Less Testing, More LearningSticker Day kicks off a statewide Week of Action by the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance that will call attention to the impact high-stakes standardized testing is having on schools, students and educators.

“Less Testing/More Learning is a simple message that captures the complexity of what educators are feeling about the testing madness in our Commonwealth,” said MTA President Barbara Madeloni. “Narrowing the curriculum to prepare students for testing, stealing time and energy from teacher-student interactions and pretending that test scores capture the richness of teaching and learning make it essential that we end the use of high-stakes tests to make major decisions about students, educators, schools and districts.”

The MTA and its allies in the MEJA have distributed the stickers all over the state. The recently formed coalition includes groups representing educators, parents, labor organizations and social justice activists working to support the schools that Massachusetts students deserve.

There are activities planned each day during the Week of Action, which runs through June 12.

On Thursday, June 11, MTA leaders and members will testify at a State House hearing on House bill 340, which would institute a three-year moratorium on the high-stakes use of testing and create a task force to study how the focus on testing is changing our schools.

The MTA is also sponsoring patch-through calls to state representatives and senators. More details about the Week of Action and the call-in system can be found here.

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