On Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 9:47 AM, Adam Heenan wrote:Good morning President Weingarten-
The toolkit that will be developed is intended to be adaptable for anyone to study and publish how much testing in their public school system. Also published with the surveys will be a link to the text of New Mexico Senate Memorial 73, so all interested parties can replicate and present to their own legislative bodies: school boards, city and state legislatures and other interested parties.
The following are excerpts from speeches by teachers supporting NBI #82
“The end goal is getting to a common understanding of what a 21st century education can be, what it should be, and what it actually is…to have in hand the numbers of hours kindergarteners in my district spend testing would be critical information for my legislator friends, parents, and school board.
If we don’t make the effort to record the time spent on test preparation we can’t create desperately needed awareness among parents, legislators, administrators, and tax-paying voters about the negative impact of high stakes testing. We must attempt to quantify it, to address it, to fix it.”
– Julianna Dauble, Washington Education Association
“As a profession, we need to reframe the discussion on student learning and what constitutes effective teaching. We cannot do this alone. We need to gather the support of our communities. We need to organize our communities to accomplish this. Anecdotal stories are not enough to do this. We need data.
NBI 82 would provide locals and states with…data needed to organize a network of community support to eliminate high stakes tests and help move to acceptable measures of student learning and effective teaching.”
-Rick Baumgartner, Virginia Education Association
Special thanks go to Senator Michael Sanchez (D-29) and Elaine Romero, the New Mexico Education Association, the Washington Education Association and Julianna Dauble of Renton, WA, the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) caucus including Steve Owens and Rick Baumgartner, and the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) including Xian Barrett, Adam Heenan, George Schmidt, and Sharon Schmidt.