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Educators Say it's Time to Move Beyond Test-Focused Policies

Sunday, March 01, 2015

"Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act: Time to Move Beyond Test-Focused Policies" was the title for a recent report by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC). The policy memo, authored by Kevin Welner and William Mathis, was published on Feb. 12. Welner is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and director of NEPC. Mathis is managing director of NEPC and serves on the Vermont State Board of Education.

The authors invited educational researchers from throughout the US to sign an open letter to Congress and the Obama Administration in support of the NEPC policy memo. More than 2,000 educators signed by the Feb. 20 deadline, including Watson College Dean Kenneth Teitelbaum and several faculty members. The letter was published on Feb. 21.

The policy memo was featured in a Washington Post Blog titled "No Child Left Behind's test-based policies failed. Will Congress keep them anyway?" published Feb. 13.

Also in February, Janna Siegel Robertson co-authored an opinion piece titled "Moving beyond test and punish." The piece was published in the NewsObserver on Feb. 4 and in the StarNews on Feb. 11.

Robertson is a professor at the Watson College and co-coordinator of the UNCW Dropout Prevention Coalition. Co-author Pamela Grundy is chair of the Charlotte-based advocacy group MecklenburgACTS.org.

View the National Education Policy Center report at http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/esea.

View the open letter to Congress and the Obama Administration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ImhVrQPOC66ksGQWl4P04yfsCPyshwPErA0U5JNMCMg/viewform?fbzx=2711897011279840560.

View the Washington Post Blog article at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/13/no-child-left-behinds-test-based-policies-failed-will-congress-keep-them-anyway

View the OpEd by Robertson and Grundy at