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NEA President reacts to Obama administration announcement on over testing

WASHINGTON - October 24, 2015 -

As part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the National Education Association has pushed for limits on time spent on standardized tests, as well as eliminating high stakes that accompany standardized tests while preserving diagnostic assessments that help students and inform educators.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s announcement that the Obama administration will work to limit over testing:

“We are optimistic that President Obama and Secretary Duncan have learned from the students, parents and educators who see first-hand that over testing acts as a barrier to student success and takes away time to learn. But that’s just the first lesson. With a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on the horizon, we hope this decision leads the administration and all policy makers also to address the high-stakes that too often accompany these standardized tests.

“We need real solutions that close opportunity gaps for students, and that begins with listening to the people who know the names of the children in their schools and classrooms to develop assessments that come from educators and work for students. Only then can we create the kind of schools that promote success for every child, regardless of his or her ZIP code.”

Eskelsen García is currently in Des Moines, Iowa, and available for live, telephonic or satellite interviews.

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The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing nearly 3 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers. Learn more at

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