Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Texas legislators propose House concurrent resolution urging Congress to rewrite the No Child Left Behing Act to reduce testing

Texas Association of School Boards - Legislative Update

House Concurrent Resolution urging rewrite of No Child Left Behind

"State Representatives Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) and Dan Huberty (R-Houston) have introduced a house concurrent resolution (HCR) to urge the United States Congress to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), in order to lessen the burden of over-testing and “teaching to the test. 

While lacking the force of law, House Continuing Resolution 119 -- HCR 119 sends a strong message to federal legislators who have failed to address NCLB for more than 12 years.

The joint authors are asking for federal education policy that allows for state and local control in order to best educate the five million schoolchildren of Texas, as the current mandate to test every child every year in grades 3-8 and again in grades 9-11 promotes teaching to the test and has narrowed the curriculum, prevented the implementation of efficiencies in state budgeting with regard to testing and accountability, and caused school districts to dedicate an excessive number of days to standardized testing. 

A House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) must be adopted by both chambers of the Texas Legislature."