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Federal bill to reduce testing – H. R. 452 “Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act”

I am very proud to see this press conference in support of legislation sponsored by our own U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson – H.R. 452 – Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act.

Congressman Lee Zeldin, Comsewogue School Superintendent DrJoe Rella, NYS Assemblyman Dean Murray, and Patchogue-Medford School Superintendent Michael Hynes – Joint press conference to discuss House Bill H. R. 452 the “Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act” which Rep.Chris Gibson has sponsored and Lee Zeldin has co-sponsored. If Congress passes it, this legislation would roll back testing requirements to pre-NCLB levels.

Congressman Zeldin was in Albany as a senator last year but felt compelled to run for the U.S. Congress and is now in Washington D.C. continuing to fight for the children.

Superintendent Dr. Joe Rella asks “How are the children?  Are all of them well?”  Unfortunately, the answer right now is “No”.

If you are in the 19th Congressional district, please contact Congressman Gibson to thank him for sponsoring this legislation.  If you are in another congressional district, demand that your congressman support this legislation so we can get back to educating our kids and not this ridiculous over-testing!  There are currently only 4 New York congressman co-sponsoring this legislation (Katko, Reed, Zeldin and Collins).

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H.R. 452 summary:

Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act

Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to eliminate the requirement that students be tested against state academic content and achievement standards in mathematics and reading or language arts in each of grades three through eight.

Requires, instead, that those tests be administered at least once during: (1) grades 3 through 5, (2) grades 6 through 9, and
(3) grades 10 through 12.