WASHINGTON – With the strong support of the Florida delegation, the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly approved today a new business item calling on elected officials to end the misuse of standardized tests. In the past year, the testing mania facing students in our public school has become a bigger and bigger issue with educators, parents, testing experts and education researchers all chiming in on the inappropriate use of standardized tests.
NEA’s action further highlights the problem and calls on lawmakers and education bureaucrats to work with educators to improve the use of testing. This action represents a national effort to join individual states, teachers, administrators and students who continue to express concern over the misuse of standardized testing.
Florida Education Association (FEA) President Andy Ford lauded the action of thousands of delegates – including 340 teachers and education staff professionals from Florida -- at the NEA gathering in Washington.
“In Florida, we know the negative impact that the testing mania is having on our students, our teachers and on public confidence in our schools,” Ford said. “It’s past time that we undertake a comprehensive examination of the testing culture in our schools and align standardized tests so they help students and that the tests are not improperly used.”
Below is the new business item, which can also be found at this link:
NEW BUSINESS ITEM B
Misuse of Standardized Tests
We must stop misusing standardized tests NOW. NEA helped draft and was an original supporter of the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing (http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/) to fight the misuse of tests and promote multiple measures of student learning and school quality.
The Florida Education Association is affiliated with both the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers.
The Florida Education Association is the state’s largest association of professional employees, with more than 140,000 members. FEA represents pre K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, educational support professionals, students at our colleges and universities preparing to become teachers and retired education employees.
|The Prize Patrol Finds the Winner: Who knew a few computer clicks and a membership card activation could lead to a free vacation. Ashley VanHolten is the winner of the FEA/ ACCESS membership card activation contest. Watch the FEA Prize Patrol visit.|