Democratic Party Platform Pledges to Cease the “Test-and-Punish Version of Accountability”

Democratic Party Platform Pledges to Cease the “Test-and-Punish Version of Accountability”

July 25, 2016

The newly-released Democratic Party platform has reaffirmed the party’s previous repudiation of test-based accountability, reports Education Week. While the platform has traditionally rejected reliance on performance tests, this year’s platform specifically pledges to cease the “test-and-punish version of accountability” when holding states accountable to the needs of poor and minority students. In compliance with ESSA, states will still administer annual assessments, but they now have much more flexibility in choosing what kind of test. The party platform pledged to “uphold Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans,” which coincides with ESSA’s requirement that states now track and monitor English learner students as part of their accountability systems.