National Day of Action: Overhaul ESEA/NCLB

AFSA encourages you to participate in FairTest’s National Day of Action today, April 8, by contacting your U.S Senators and joining the Twitter storm. Together we can urge the Senate Education Committee to reduce testing requirement as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind. Please take a few minutes to tell your Senator you want less testing and more learning. YOUR voice can help make a difference!

Call your Senators:

Phone your U.S. senators in Washington, DC. Ask to speak to the staffer who works on education policy. If no one is available, leave your message with the person who answered the phone. Find the phone numbers at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Here is a model message. Feel free to use it, modify it, or say something entirely different.

Hello. I’m [your name], calling from [your town]. I’m calling to ask Senator [name] to support changes to No Child Left Behind that will promote a saner and less intrusive approach to public school testing. Specifically, I urge [him/her] to support a switch to testing once each in elementary, middle and high school, and to remove high-stakes consequences from federally required standardized tests. Both these measures will help address the current over-emphasis on testing at the expense of learning.

If you have specific stories about problems with over-testing, please relate them. Personal stories are the most effective.

Twitter:

Send a tweet to help build the storm. Be sure to include #CutFederalTests and the link to getting your Senators’ numbers:

“Call Senate http://thndr.it/1P6DfEf. Cut back tests, end high stakes #CutFedTests”

To tweet your Senators, find their Twitter handles at: https://twitter.com/gov/lists/us-senate/members

Email:

Join the email campaign as well. To send a letter to your Senator, go to: http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres.