Education Advocates Call on Congressional Leaders, Biden to Cancel Tests Because of Pandemic

In response to the Biden Administration’s insistence that students will take standardized tests this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Members of Congress are urging Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to rethink that decision and cancel the tests. Now, the Network for Public Education is urging action to support these Members of Congress in their efforts.

Here’s more from the NPE email:

In December of 2019, candidate Joe Biden promised that if elected, he would stop standardized testing. His Department of Ed, however, said that we should have testing in the middle of the pandemic.

We pushed back and today, we have good news! Some members of Congress are asking the U.S. Department of Education to change its mind about testing! Read about it here. Let’s give them our support TODAY!

We need more members of Congress to get on board. 1. Call Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office at: (202) 225–4965. We can’t give up. My name is (name). 2. Then call your Representative and Senators. You can find their numbers here and here. I am calling to request that Speaker Pelosi ask the President and Secretary Cardona to grant waivers from annual testing.”My name is (name), and I am a constituent of (name). I strongly oppose the Department of Ed’s recent letter that forces schools to administer annual tests this year. All of our schools’ efforts must be used to support our students’ social-emotional and mental health in this time of crisis. I am requesting that (name) speak with the President and Secretary Cardona and ask them to grant waivers from the annual testing mandate. Thank you.” Forcing schools to administer annual tests undermines the administration’s call to support our students’ social-emotional and mental health in this time of crisis. We need to put children, not data, first. Thank you.For more on education politics and policy in Tennessee, follow @TNEdReport

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Originally published at http://tnedreport.com on March 10, 2021.

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN

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