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All of our students deserve the tools and time to learn, but there is too much focus on standardized and high-stakes tests in schools today. We need more time to teach so our classrooms emphasize curiosity and one-on-one instruction, rather than testing, to inspire a lifelong love of learning.

We know that the one-size-fits-all annual federal testing structure has not worked. We also know that educators are overwhelmed and concerned about the growing number of district and state assessments. That's why we need your help.

Will you share your story about how standardized testing has affected your students’ learning?

It’s important to tell your story so our communities and policymakers understand why it is so critical to gain back time to teach and time to learn. We’ll use your story to advocate for change in the high-stakes standardized testing culture.

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