- A group of state education chiefs is pushing back against a request made three weeks ago by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel to temporarily suspend consequences associated with high-stakes testing until states could fully implement the Common Core standards.
- Former Florida governor Jeb Bush helped organize the group, Chiefs for Change, which sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan saying that creating a better education system with more rigorous standards could not be delayed.
- Only Kentucky and New York have implemented the new tests so far, with other states following in 2014, and teachers, parents and students in New York complained that the tests were poorly designed and covered material that students had not been taught--reducing some children to tears.
From the article:
... “Recently, some members of the national education community have advocated for pulling back on accountability in our schools,” the group wrote to Duncan. “. . . [We] reject any calls for a moratorium on accountability. . . . We will not relax or delay our urgency for creating better teacher, principal, school and district accountability systems as we implement more rigorous standards.” ...