An Effort to Reduce High Stakes Testing

The National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing was drafted by groups concerned about the damage to educational equity caused by standardized tests.

The National Education Association is supporting a resolution that calls on federal and state policymakers to reduce standardized test mandates and base school accountability on multiple forms of measurement.

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.


An NEA policy brief issued in 2011 recommends that “assessment systems be developed with the collaboration and agreement of educators and other key stakeholders; should take into account the multiple factors impacting a student’s learning beyond a teacher’s control; and should be designed according to principles that allow their use with students of diverse abilities and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.


The full text of the resolution is online at

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