By: Alisa Hug
We agree, President Obama.
There is too much testing in schools these days. There is also too much focus placed on testing. Teachers are forced to teach to the test. Students are confined to learning material covered by the test.
I, along with the 60,000+ parents who part of our advocacy non-profit, PublicSchoolOptions.org, believe that focus should turn to individual student performance. Who knows their children are succeeding? Parents. And who knows why their children are succeeding? Parents.
Congress has started to address this issue by working on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and returning control to parents and local governments. The guidelines that President Obama has created are fine, but I hope he works with his colleagues in Congress to put these changes into place.
This summer, I was encouraged to see members of both political parties come together on the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). The bill allows parents more options to determine the schools where their children learn best and helps give parents the ability to make informed choices when selecting their schools.
As always, if elected officials on any level — local, state, or national — would like to hear from the front lines about why students are successful, we are ready to answer your call!