The PIE Network, a coalition made up of state-based education advocacy groups, recently reported on the broad, bipartisan support for the annual testing requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is currently being considered for reauthorization.
Though the groups are not all aligned on every aspect of reauthorization, it is clear that everyone supports the idea of moving forward with annual testing. PIE points to several groups, representing vast differences across the ideological spectrum, all agreeing that:
Rolling back annual testing requirements would undermine many state-level policies that drive school improvement. No annual testing affects requirements to ensure kids have great teachers and that new innovative schools have no data to prove their worth.
Some examples of the strong statements made by these groups include:
- Foundation for Excellence in Education
- Education Trust (alongside nearly 20 civil rights groups)
- Stand for Children
- Thomas B. Fordham Institute
- Bellwether Education Partners
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools