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Rep. Zeldin Re-Introduces Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act

March 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) announced that he reintroduced the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 1601) in the 115th Congress. This bipartisan bill, which Congressman Zeldin introduced with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9), would roll back the excessive amount of federally mandated testing in our schools, reducing testing to pre-No Child Left Behind levels. 

Congressman Zeldin said, “I am proud to reintroduce the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act to roll back federally mandated testing to pre-No Child Left Behind levels. We must pass this commonsense legislation if we are to put our children’s education and well-being first, not excessive federally mandated testing. I believe in challenging our students and holding them to higher standards, but we also must do everything in our power to set them up to succeed, not fail. The Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act is an important next step in shifting the focus in our classrooms from testing to teaching and ensuring our children never lose their love of learning. I look forward to passing this legislation which prioritizes first our children’s education and well-being.”

“To grow a global workforce, we must ensure students have the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Students should master the material, not memorize content for an upcoming test.  This commonsense solution allows teachers to focus on learning, creativity, and critical thinking – the skills students need to succeed.”

In the 114th Congress, the Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act (H.R. 452), which Congressman Zeldin cosponsored, was introduced by former Congressman Chris Gibson. The legislation was referred to the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.