Of the estimated 300 people who attended the State House hearing on testing on Thursday, June 11, more than 50 were MTA members who submitted testimony in favor of House 340, An Act Relative to a Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing and PARCC. Below are their names, with links to their testimony.
They came from all over the state and told their personal stories about how the focus on high-stakes testing is disrupting teaching and learning in their schools, increasing stress on students and teachers and narrowing the curriculum.
Many waited six hours or more before they had a chance to testify. Some had to leave before they were called to testify in person, so they left their written testimony with the Joint Committee on Education. They made the effort to get to Beacon Hill because they wanted their stories told.
It is not too late to submit written testimony to the Joint Committee on Education and to your own legislators. If you weren’t able to attend the hearing but would like to submit testimony, please contact MTA lobbyist Kate Donaghey at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a member of the media and want to contact one of the educators who submitted testimony, contact Laura Barrett, MTA Communications, at email@example.com
House Bill 340 Testimony