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Letter to Education & the Workforce Committee on Examining the Federal Role in Public School Accountability

September 13, 2011

Dear Representative:


The National Education Association, representing 3.2 million educators across the nation, would like to share with you the enclosed materials in advance of tomorrow’s hearing in the Education & the Workforce Committee on Examining the Federal Role in Public School Accountability. These materials include NEA fact sheets on:

Policymakers on both sides of the aisle recognize that the current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) testing and accountability system is deeply flawed. NCLB’s undue emphasis on federally mandated, narrow student assessments as the primary accountability yardstick has led to mislabeling and sanctioning schools based on test scores and providing inadequate funding and support for schools that are struggling. School performance determinations must be made using multiple measures, rather than relying on existing state tests. Multiple measures may include factors such as graduation rates, student mobility or transfer rates, and the number and percentage of students participating in rigorous coursework.

We hope the enclosed materials will be useful to you as Congress moves forward on these critical issues. Thank you for your attention to this important information.

Sincerely,

Kim Anderson        
Director of Government Relations

Mary Kusler
Manager of Federal Advocacy