67th Girls Nation Congress
To institute performance-based assessment in place of standardized testing in schools.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Ruehr and Hopfer of Oregon introduced the following bill; which was referred to Committee .
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be cited as the "New Operations for Testing Every Student's Trajectory Act" or the "NO TEST Act".
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The NO TEST Act will abolish the current system of standardized testing as a means of measuring student achievement and replace it with a system of performance-based assessments such as work samples.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
The current system of standardized testing is the No-Child-Left-Behind-instituted system of Scantron tests in math, reading and other subjects.
Work samples are assignments structured like regular assignments except they are graded by federal officials to see if they meet national standards.
SECTION 4. NO TEST ACT
The NO TEST Act entails that:
(A) All schools in America will switch from standardized to performance-based
(1) All core subjects such as math, reading and science that are currently tested
under the old system.
(B) Work samples will be given in every core subject and will be graded according to
federally set standards.
(1) The work samples will consist of a math worksheet, a science lab and
research papers in both English and Social Studies.
(2) The standards will be set and the work samples will be developed and graded
by a federally-appointed testing board called the National Assessment Board.
(3) The National Assessment Board will be part of the Department Of Education.
(a) The National Assessment Board will be funded by moving $100 billion
from the part of the military budget that is intended to be spent on our
(b) The National Assessment Board will be non-partisan and appointed by
the Secretary of Education.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective immediately upon passage so that the National Assessment Board can be established and set up the national standards in time for the 2013-2014 school year.
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