March 23, 2023

NYSUT statement on Rep. Bowman’s plan to bring balance and flexibility to federally required standardized testing

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations
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Caption: AFT President Randi Weingarten (at podium) joined Rep. Jamaal Bowman (at left) to introduce the "More Teaching, Less Testing Act" on Capitol Hill. Photo via AFT.

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta released the following statement today in support of U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s, NY-16, plan to bring balance and flexibility into federally required standardized testing.

“As a former teacher and principal, Congressman Bowman gets it. The current high-stakes testing regime emphasizes teaching to the test and harms students by ratcheting up their stress and anxiety. The congressman’s More Teaching, Less Testing Act would provide states with much-needed flexibility to achieve something that teachers, parents and students have been demanding for years: more time in school devoted to the simple joy of learning.”

New York State United Teachers is a statewide union with more than 600,000 members in education, human services and health care. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association and the AFL-CIO.


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