Local School Councils can play an important role at the school-level in minimizing the harm that high-stakes standardized testing is doing to our students, teachers, and schools:
- Encourage your LSC to pass a resolution against high-stakes testing, either the National Resolution or one of these suggested versions (I, II, or III).
- Send or bring a copy of your adopted testing resolution to your local, state and federal legislators.
- Hold a parent and/or community meeting where people can talk about testing. Ask teachers, education experts, More Than a Score or one of our coalition group representatives to speak, and invite your local newspaper. (See FairTest’s media toolkit for pointers.)
- Send an LSC rep to our meetings and attend MTAS forums and events.
- Join our MTAS list serve (http://lists.pureparents.org/listinfo.cgi/chicagotestingresistance-pureparents.org)
- Consider carefully any budget expenditures for test preparation materials and programs. Your school’s discretionary funds are precious and might be better used for enrichment programs and other areas of learning which may have been reduced due to the pressures of standardized testing.
- Share this list of action steps that LSCs can take with your Local School Council.