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Congress recently passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ending the era of No Child Left Behind. Now it's up to all of us to make sure the new law is implemented to allow schools to focus on what matters most: inspiring students’ natural curiosity, imagination, and desire to learn. That will only happen if educators lead. Click here to join NEA's work implementing ESSA!


The History of Standardized Testing in the United States

From Pre-Civil War to NCLB, follow the timeline of student testing in American schools here.

Educators and Parents on Testing

"Everything revolves around the test. The pace is way too fast for my son. He hates school. He has test anxiety. I have become very resentful of third grade. It has changed my previously confident, happy kid into a nervous wreck with dwindling self esteem."

- Kelli K., a parent in Indiana


Email NEA's High Standards-Fair Testing team for more information about Time To Teach, Time to Learn resources or to share stories from your local organizing efforts.