testing that affected every public school. These mandates are depleting resources and have a negative impact on the very students and schools ESEA was designed to help.
its original intent: to send federal aid to schools and districts that have
large numbers of children who live in poverty. There should be no federal
mandates for annual testing of every student. This is a state function, not a federal function.
- We support option 1 to eliminate mandated annual testing, and we urge the Senate to remove high stakes attached to standardized tests, encourage flexibility in designing assessments, and provide the right of parents to opt their children out of standardized testing.
- Restore reducing class size as option that states and districts can use with their Title II funds, which is a research-based reform that also works to lower teacher attrition.
- Eliminate the use of federal funds for merit pay, which has consistently failed to improve student outcomes.
- Add to the reporting requirements of districts, states and the federal government so they must report trends in average class size data, as well as the disparity in class size between high and low poverty schools.
- Strengthen the language around student data privacy and limit federally mandated data collection of individual students.
- Oppose the diversion of resources to private and charter sc hools through portability of Title I funds and expansion of federal funding to charters.
- Require maintenance of effort, so that states and districts cannot cut back on their own support for schools while replacing their funding with federal dollars.
- We strongly urge the Senate to increase overall funding for Title I, Title II, and Title X for homeless students, especially as more than 50% of the children in our public schools are now officially classified as low income for the first time in at least fifty years.