Congressman Lee Zeldin Calls on Congress to Pass the Student Testing Improvement & Accountability Act
Port Jefferson Station, NY – On Sunday, April 12, 2015, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, C – NY-1) held a press conference at Comsewogue High School calling on Congress to pass the Student Testing Improvement & Accountability Act (HR 452).
The Student Testing Improvement & Accountability Act was introduced this year by Rep. Chris Gibson and is co-sponsored by Congressman Zeldin. This legislation has bipartisan support in Congress with over 30 co-sponsors.
The Congressman was joined by Dr. Joseph V. Rella, the Comsewogue School District's Superintendent of Schools; Dr. Michael J. Hynes, the Patchogue-Medford School District’s Superintendent of Schools; and Assemblyman Dean Murray; as well as local educators, parents and students.
The Congressman discussed the importance of passing this bill to roll back federally mandated testing in our Long Island schools, reducing testing to pre-No Child Left Behind levels.
“The Student Testing Improvement & Accountability Act will roll back federally mandated testing in our Long Island schools,” said Congressman Zeldin. “I believe in higher standards, but we need to stop the over testing in our schools. Challenging our students is important but they aren't guinea pigs. This is an important next step to shift the focus in our classrooms from testing to teaching and ensuring our children never lose their love of learning.”