Dear Senator Harkin,
Your proposed revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act show that you and the HELP Committee have listened to some of the concerns voiced by parents and others about the problems with No Child Left Behind.
The letter was followed by a list of proposals Parents Across America wish to see excluded in the new legislation as well as items that they recommend be included.
Below are three of the listed recommendations for inclusion:
• Less emphasis on standardized testing and more reliable accountability and assessment practices including local, teacher-designed assessments supplemented with teacher and parent surveys and site visits.
• A full range of parent involvement opportunities including a stronger parent voice in decision making at the school, district, state, and national levels.
• The right of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests.
Grumpy Educators hopes that Senator Harkin, the full committee, and the U.S. Congress pays attention to the concerns of parents, community members, and taxpayers.