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Resolution Sent to NCTE

Susan Notes: Every member of NCTE should write the officers, and Executive Committee, supporting this resolution.

The time is now.

NOW.

NCTE Executive Committee

President:
Yvonne Siu-Runyan
maluhia60@gmail.com

President-Elect:
Keith Gilyard
rkg3@psu.edu

Vice President:
Sandy Hayes
VP@ncte.org

Past President:
Carol Jago
cjago@caroljago.com

Representatives at Large

Elementary Rep at Large:
Carmen Tisdale
ElementaryRep@ncte.org

Middle Level Rep at Large:
Terry Bigelow
MiddleRep@ncte.org

Secondary Rep at Large:
Jeanette Toomer
SecondaryRep@ncte.org

Section Leaders

Elementary Chair:
Frank Chiki
chikiman@comcast.net

Elementary Assistant Chair:
Jeffery Williams
jeffwilliams@solonboe.org

Middle Level Chair:
Jeffrey N. Golub
golub62@comcast.net

Secondary Chair:
Kay Parks Haas
SecondaryChair@ncte.org

Secondary Associate Chair
Karen Conn Mitcham
kbev55@gmail.com

College Chair
Mike Palmquist
mike.palmquist@colostate.edu

Conference Leaders

CCCC CHAIR
Gwen Pough
(2010-2011)
Syracuse University
Writing Program
239 H.B. Crouse Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1160

CCCC ASSOCIATE CHAIR
Malea Powell
CCCCAssociate@ncte.org

CEE CHAIR
Marshall George
CEEChair@ncte.org

CEL CHAIR
Patrick Monahan
pjmonahan1@gmail.com

TYCA CHAIR
Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt
ccalhoon@yvcc.edu

WLU CHAIR
Rita Moore
rmoore@willamette.edu



Resolution: NCTE will oppose common core standards and national tests
Resolution on National Standards and Tests


Submitted to National Council of Teachers of English, Committee on Resolutions, via e-mail, on October 10, 2011.

The movement for national standards and tests is based on these claims: (1) Our educational system is broken, as revealed by US students' scores on international tests; (2) We must improve education to improve the economy; (3) The way to improve education is to have national standards and national tests to reveal whether standards are being met.

Each of these claims is false. (1) Our schools are not broken. The problem is poverty. Test scores of students from middle-class homes who attend well-funded schools are among the best in world. Our mediocre scores are due to the fact that the US has the highest level of child poverty among all industrialized countries. (2) Existing evidence strongly suggests that improving the economy improves the status of families and children's educational outcomes. (3) There is no evidence that national standards and national tests have improved student learning in the past.

No educator is opposed to assessments that help students to improve their learning. We are, however, opposed to excessive and inappropriate assessments. The amount of testing proposed by the US Department of Education in connection to national standards is excessive, inappropriate and fruitless.

The standards that have been proposed and the kinds of testing they entail rob students of appropriate teaching, a broad-based education, and the time to learn well. Moreover, the cost of implementing standards and electronically delivered national tests will be enormous, bleeding money from legitimate and valuable school activities. Even if the standards and tests were of high quality, they would not serve educational excellence or the American economy.

Resolution

Resolved that the National Council of Teachers of English

* oppose the adoption of national standards as a concept and specifically the standards written by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Officers

* alert its members to the counter-productiveness of devoting time, energy and funds to implementing student standards and the intensive testing that would be required.

Carol Mikoda

Susan Ohanian, recipient of NCTE's George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language

Bess Altwerger

Stephen Krashen

Joanne Yatvin, NCTE Past President

Richard J Meyer, Incoming president of Whole Language Umbrella‚Ä®

— NCTE members
Schools Matter

http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2011/10/resolution-ncte-will-oppose-common-core.html


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