Say NO to punitive, test-based reform and help stop the madness.

In 2012, 45 states were coerced by the federal government into adopting the unproven and untested Common Core standards in ELA and math, along with the companion assessments being developed by PARCC and SBAC. Despite the claims that these new standards are not a curriculum, it is the actual tests that have become the de-facto national curriculum. Because of this, 'test prep' has become the new normal in grade 3 to 8 classrooms all across the country. Teachers, administrators, and especially parents do not like what their kids are telling them about this new wave of test-based reform. The current test prep regime is inflicting immeasurable harm to students and demoralizing their teachers. We do not want to create a generation of students who hate school because of these data driven policies. Our children are not data points for others to profit from.

Teachers, administrators, and parents now stand together, to say NO to punitive Common Core, test-based reform. We all want to see teaching that instills a love for learning, classroom environments where the joy of school life becomes the new normal for our young learners, and most importantly a return to common sense and developmentally appropriate, best practices. Public schools where teachers are free from the pressures of test prep, free to do what's best for the students they know and love.

Eliminating punitive, test-based reform can only be accomplished if the Common Core standards and the dominant role of testing are repealed by federal and state law.

Please right these wrongs by amending the legislation that is now in the process of dismantling America's public school system. We urge you to re-write the Elementary and Secondary Education Act now. Please stop the Common Core testing and let teachers teach and students learn for all the right reasons..