To: MA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, The Massachusetts State House, The Massachusetts State Senate, and Governor Charlie Baker

Less Testing, More Learning!

We the undersigned parents, caretakers, students, teachers, community members and taxpayers petition our governor, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Massachusetts legislature to:

* Place a moratorium on the high-stakes uses of state-mandated tests and
* Begin a state-wide effort to design a better assessment system that can help our students reach their full potential in our democratic society.

Why is this important?

The primary purpose of assessment in our public schools should be to improve teaching and learning. However, the high-stakes tests mandated in Massachusetts offer little benefit for students. High-stakes testing stifles innovation, narrows the curriculum, and hinders students from developing advanced thinking and problem-solving skills. Even US Education Secretary Arne Duncan admits that “testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools.”


Reasons for signing

  • I'm a freshman in high school and I don't have the opportunity to refuse or opt of of MCAS anymore. A RIGHT was taken away from me. When you BELIEVE something should be different you should be able to stand up for yourself and others. But I can't because I need a passing score to graduate. It is so corrupt, and it needs to change. So please please please help make our schooling system better for generations to come by signing.
  • My son will not be subjected to the MCAS and the anxiety that it creates. My son, like all children, is more than a number and statistic.
  • Author: Paul L. Williams. Los Angeles County (California, USA), 88 cities & 20 + year's = vast dead & killed fellow homeless human's. And check out: Huh, TRY THIS on for size per / via you're brain = global extermination by 2025, & whom (TOP Power deem that 9-1-1 was JUST a TEST to see just how the global masses would react & respond.

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