No initiative will help our nation’s students if it still contains high stakes testing.

Dear Bill and Melinda,

A reader commented on Carole Marshall’s letter, NCLB and RttT are removing our final hope of an equal education…experienced teachers.

Joshua A. Katz from Orange County, FL says:

“There is nothing more I can add, I just want my voice to be counted among the others. I am with the ending of high stakes testing. I teach 9th grade Algebra in FL, and I see the damage this testing has done on a daily basis in the marginalization of all my students. They began to define their academic identity in the 3rd grade because of the results of their high stakes test. No initiative will help our nation’s students if it still contains high stakes testing.”

Joshua A. Katz
Orange County, FL

Bill and Melinda, we wholeheartedly agree.  This is what we must change first.  End high stakes testing now.  We will work out the rest of the details afterwards.

Readers, do you agree?

Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates


About Highlighting Members' Needs

We are running for the following Renton Education Association positions because we believe in the following planks: Becca Ritchie, Candidate for REA President, Nelsen Middle School, Computer Tech Susan DuFresne, Candidate for Primary Executive Board, Maplewood Heights Elementary, Integrated Kindergarten ✅  Demanding a healthy work-load/life balance. ✅  Bargaining competitive professional compensation. ✅  Challenging the status quo test culture with: Less is more! ✅  Emphasizing our professional expertise. ✅  Prioritizing equity and access for all. ✅  Utilizing 2-way 21st century communication tools. ✅  Acting in solidarity with all unions. ✅  Supporting ALL members. ✅   Implementing developmentally appropriate K-3 curriculum/assessment.
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