H.R. 4172 – Student Testing Improvement and Accountability Act

Sponsor: Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)

Purpose/summary:  would reduce the federal role in testing to the pre-No Child Left Behind (NCLB) status known as grade-span testing, giving educators more time to teach and students more time to learn. With grade-span testing – meaning once in elementary, once in middle, and once in high school – the number of federally-mandated standardized tests students take during their K-12 years would drop from 14 to 6. States or school districts could choose to administer their own assessments more frequently, particularly to help improve instruction in a timely manner.

Status: 06/13/2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education.

AFSA Position: AFSA supports this legislation