Teachers union steps up anti-testing effort
Citing Florida's heavy testing regimen as a reason, the American Federation of Teachers on Monday announced its plans to amp up its campaign to get states to reduce their reliance on high-stakes testing.
Using the slogan "Learning is more than a test score," the AFT said it would work with educators, parents, community leaders and others to find alternatives to the current "testing fixation." The Albert Shanker Institute, an AFT-associated nonprofit, said it would dedicate its next Good Schools conference to the topic.
“As we push for better, higher standards in education, we must ensure that teaching to high standards doesn’t devolve into teaching to low-level tests,” AFT president Randi Weingarten said in a release.
The public "gets it," Weingarten said, again referring to Florida, where several school boards and their state association have adopted resolutions calling for a change to the testing culture. Stay tuned to see what the union does, and how political leaders in Florida and other states respond.