U.S. Sen. Al Franken (Minnesota) today praised new efforts by the Obama Administration to reduce the number of unnecessary or redundant school tests in Minnesota and across the country.
Sen. Franken, a member of the U.S. Senate Education Committee, has long championed efforts to ensure school testing helps educators and parents have the information they need to help students succeed. The guidance announced Tuesday by Acting Education Secretary John B. King allows the use of federal education funds to help states identify and eliminate low-quality or redundant tests.
Visit http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/king-announces-guidance-states-help-reduce-testing for more information about the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines.
“I’ve met with teachers, parents, and principals across the state who have told me time and again that the amount of testing required of our students was taking away from ensuring they were learning the skills they need to succeed,” said Sen. Franken. “This new guidance from the Department of Education will be very helpful for Minnesota and other states in our efforts to reduce the number of unnecessary tests.”
Late last year, Sen. Franken and fellow Minnesotan U.S. Rep. John Kline helped write and negotiate a bipartisan overhaul of the federal “No Child Left Behind” education law, which was signed into law by President Obama. The new guidance announced Tuesday is a continuation of that effort. The new law also includes Sen. Franken’s measure to allow computer-adaptive testing.