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OFT issues policy paper on testing

It’s time to end the testing mania. There is a better solution to ensure that our children are learning and thriving. This statement is the foundation of a new policy report on testing issued by OFT. The report addresses the problems caused by the current testing system and suggests ways to improve the process for students and educators. Read the report.

OFT members named to Senate Testing Advisory Committee

Five OFT members and leaders will serve on the Senate's newly formed Testing Advisory Committee. Beyond a reduction in hours, though, OFT strongly advocates for a more thoughtful discussion about the purpose of testing and whether the right tests are being used.

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OFT Update (e-newsletter) 03.31.15

There is a better solution to ensure that our children are learning and thriving than bombarding them with standardized testing. OFT President Melissa Cropper's blog, Writing the Next Chapter, outlines what OFT is doing and what we recommend as next steps - read this and other news in this edition of the OFT Update.

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Teachers union presidents discuss ESEA priorities

The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.

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A tale of two states

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten looks at how Minnesota and Wisconsin have followed very different economic paths since electing new governors in 2010.

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AFT launches full-court press on ESEA reauthorization

From grass-roots lobbying on Capitol Hill to a telephone town hall meeting, the AFT focused intense activity and energy in the first days of March on the all-important reauthorization of the keystone federal law for K-12 education, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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