AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech issued the following statement in response to CCSSO and CGCS’s Announcement on Student Assessments


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 16, 2014 – “AASA applauds the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools for shining a light on a critical education policy conversation—the frequency and quality of student assessments.

"AASA stands ready to work with our colleagues at CCSSO and CGCS to fully address the proper role of assessments as part of a complete reauthorization of ESEA.

“Testing requirements—local, state and federal—need a deliberate overhaul and this conversation mustn’t prematurely dismiss calls for moratoriums on testing or a shift to random-sample testing, as used in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), for federal accountability purposes. Together, along with other education colleagues, we must address the continued reliance on high-stakes testing and ensure that tests are meaningful, developmentally appropriate and used for the purpose for which they are designed, all in the broader context of increasing student learning and closing achievement gaps.”


Click here to access “Commitments from CCSSO and CGCS on High-Quality Assessments.”


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AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.