Issue Position: Education - Student Testing
In the 108th Congress, Senator Jim Jeffords and I introduced S. 956, the Student Testing Flexibility Act, to give states and local school districts that have demonstrated academic success the flexibility to seek a waiver of the new annual standardized testing requirements in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
I strongly support maintaining local control over decisions affecting our children's day-to-day classroom experiences. I also believe that the federal government has an important role to play in supporting our state educational agencies and local school districts as they carry out their most important responsibility - the education of our children. Please click here to learn more about my efforts on student testing.
As I travel around Wisconsin, I hear time and again from frustrated parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members about their concerns with implementation of NCLB. While Wisconsinites support holding schools accountable for results, many of you have told me that you are concerned about the law's focus on annual testing. I encourage you to contact me on our nation's education policy. I hope you will contribute your ideas on the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act and provide input on how to improve this public education.
Should you wish to learn more about the No Child Left Behind Act, I encourage you to visit the Department of Education's website.