Reblogged from The Network for Public Education
Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) understands public education. Tester is a former public school music teacher as well as a former school board member. Senator Tester served as a Big Sandy Public Schools Board of Trustees member for a decade before moving on to the Montana Senate.
Most importantly, he understands that the federal mandate for annual testing, first implemented under No Child Left Behind and now maintained in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, “eats up valuable classroom time and requires teachers to ‘teach to the test.'”
That is why Senator Tester has proposed an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, called the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act(also called the Tester Amendment). The amendment removes the federal mandate for annual testing and replaces it with grade span testing, which is testing once in Elementary, once in Middle, and once in High School. Read more and contact your Senator>>