A group of 13 organizations, including Advancement Project, and prominent educators such as Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier have launched a National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. Already, more than 300 organizations and 8000 individuals have endorsed it. These include national education and civil rights organizations, local parent and community organizations, school boards, religious organizations, and small businesses.
To see the Resolution and the signers, and to endorse it, go to http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/.
Advancement Project has been working to end policies that push students out of school and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems since we were founded 13 years ago. In that time, we’ve found that the overuse and misuse of high-stakes testing is one of the most significant contributors to the School-to-Prison Pipeline (see http://www.advancementproject.org/sites/default/files/publications/rev_fin.pdf for more information). That is why we are standing together with this diverse group of allies to demand an end to testing practices that prevent so many students of color and low-income youth from obtaining a high-quality education.
Among the other organizational endorsers are the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; National Opportunity To Learn Campaign; Parents Across America; Palm Beach and St Lucie (FL) County school boards; National Education Association; United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries; FairTest; National Association for Bilingual Education; American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; Fairfax (VA) County Public Schools; National Council of Teachers of English; Alliance for Childhood; National Alliance for Multicultural Education; and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.