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There is a new sense of possibility for change in our outmoded high-stakes testing policies, thanks to a growing national movement of educators, parents and students. A National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing has gained more than 13,700 individual and 460 organizational signers. Thanks in large part to testing fiascos around the country, the mainstream press has started to take note and editorials have begun to question this approach to education “reform.”

Inspired by recent statements by education professors in New York and Chicago, we have written a Massachusetts version of a statement against high-stakes testing that we hope would draw similarly large numbers of signers (New York’s has 1,160 – http://www.nyclu.org/files/releases/testing_professor_letter.pdf; Chicago’s has 88 – https://www.dropbox.com/s/scgbhpimskyl5oq/CReATE%20Letter%20on%20Teacher%20and%20Principal%20Evaluation%20March%202012.pdf; a new letter from Georgia professors has 38 – http://www.empoweredga.org/Articles/greater-support.html).

Please find the statement on the “Statement” page.  If you are a Massachusetts professor or researcher willing to endorse the statement, please send an email to matestingstatement@gmail.com (note: you must copy and paste this gmail address into the “To” line of an email) with “I Will Sign On” in the subject line and your name and title as you would like them to appear on the statement in the body of the email.  Also, please send this information to colleagues at your college or at another college, in schools of education, or in other departments.

If you are not a Massachusetts professor or researcher but would like to participate in the movement against the misuse and overuse of standardized testing, please sign the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing (note: this statement can also be signed by MA professors and researchers, of course).

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