A group of 46 educators and policy advocates who are pushing what they call a more-progressive education agenda ramped up their call for “supports-based reform” by issuing a declaration to “rebuild America.”
They decried the current state of the standards-based movement, particularly the emphasis on high-stakes testing, and said “this approach—along with years of drastic financial cutbacks—are turning public schools into uncreative, joyless institutions.”
The effort is a continuation of a campaign launched in April.
Prominent signatories to the declaration include education historian Diane Ravitch, Stanford education professor Linda Darling-Hammond, and the presidents of both national teachers’ unions. The group also includes parents, city leaders, researchers, and educators.
A version of this article appeared in the July 11, 2013 edition of Education Week as Coalition Demands Support-Based Reform