Yes, you read that right. Texas cannot make changes to OUR testing program because of a FEDERAL program." Jeff Weiss of the Dallas Morning News has posted the entire press release on his education blog, found here.
TAMSA believes that the federal No Child Level Behind program promotes
the overuse of standardized testing. We support SBOE Board member
Thomas Ratliff’s call for states to be allowed to set the number of
tests they deem appropriate for assessing their students' learning needs.
“Texas, and other states, should have the right to determine what is
the best level of testing for students. We should not be hamstrung by
the U.S. Department of Education,” said Dineen Majcher, president of
TAMSA, Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment. "Texas
parents and educators know what is best for Texas students - not the
U.S. Department of Education."
TAMSA, a nonpartisan, statewide organization of parents, tapped a
groundswell of opposition to the plethora of standardized student
tests and successfully advocated for a reduction in state high school
testing requirements during the last legislative session.
“We would have seen more reduction for elementary and middle school
students but beneficial legislation was vetoed. This was in part
because of concern that Texas would lose valuable federal education
dollars tied to NCLB,” Majcher said.
“Take down that wall,” she summed up. “Let Texas decide what is best
READ JEFF WEISS' EDUCATION BLOG POST WITH RATLIFF'S PRESS RELEASE