Sending Office: Honorable Suzanne Bonamici
DEADLINE: March 5, 2020
Please join us in asking the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to fully fund State Assessment Grants, which are authorized at $378 million in the bipartisan
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
ESSA focuses on multiple measures of student learning, which will shift attention from test scores alone, and the law no longer imposes rigid interventions on schools with lower test scores. Another important feature of ESSA is that it makes resources available
for states and school districts to audit their assessment systems and identify the duplicative and ineffective tests that need to be eliminated. State Assessment Grants also provide funding to make assessment systems more effective, including by improving
the quality of assessments, speeding the delivery of assessment data to students and families, and giving educators time to collaborate and plan in response to the data. And State Assessment Grants support the law’s new demonstration authority for select states
to pilot innovative assessment systems.
With meaningful support from the federal government, states and school districts can develop more efficient systems of assessment that rely on better and fewer tests. If you would like to sign on to this letter, please complete this
form. If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Bowen (Jessica.Bowen@mail.house.gov) in my office.
Member of Congress
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