WASHINGTON, DC (KDAL) - U.S. Senator Al Franken is urging key Senate appropriators to continue to fund grants to help states design innovative and high-quality tests, saying the investment will improve the quality of education in Minnesota and across the country.
Senator Franken, a member of the Senate Education Committee, has been working to fix the current "No Child Left Behind" tests so that they better measure the educational growth of individual students and give teachers useful data to improve their instruction.
In a letter to the top Democrat and Republican on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Franken requested the highest possible funding for grants that give states necessary support to meet their testing obligations under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as "No Child Left Behind." The programs also provide competitive funding for states to develop innovative assessments, including computer-adaptive tests.