We need to restore a proper balance to public education. The growing fixation on high-stakes testing is damaging our efforts to improve schools. While appropriate assessments are an integral part of a high-quality education system, an accountability system obsessed with measuring, which punishes teachers and schools, comes at a huge cost. It's time to make sure that teaching and learning—not testing—drive classroom instruction so that we can give all children the rich, meaningful public education they deserve. Read more about the campaign and how you can become involved.
The AFT has mounted national campaigns on a number of the union's priority issues. Among the current campaigns: Learning is More (restoring balance to public education); Making a Difference Every Day (highlighting the vital work of AFT members); Building Minds, Minding Buildings (promoting green schools); and AFT FACE (reversing the staffing crisis in higher education).
A Quality Agenda
The AFT’s agenda for improving education is based on best practices in American public schools as well as in high-achieving countries. The agenda includes a focus on evidence, equity, scalability and sustainability. The AFT and our affiliates have sought to achieve this through collaborative efforts and shared responsibility. The AFT’s major proposals to implement this agenda focus on two major keys to educational attainment—what students need to succeed, and what their teachers need to facilitate success. Read more about the AFT’s quality agenda.
Learning Is More Than a Test Score
Making a Difference Every Day
The AFT includes teachers, school support staff, higher education faculty, government employees and healthcare workers who make a difference every day in the lives of our children and communities. While their important work often goes unrecognized, lately their rights to have a voice on the job and at the bargaining table are under attack. Find out more about the AFT's campaign to counter these attacks on workers' rights and to help spread the word about the vital services we provide.
Building Minds, Minding Buildings
This campaign is based on the idea that the school environment cannot be separated from the academic agenda in improving schools. Find more information about efforts to promote green school construction and maintenance.
AFT's Faculty and College Excellence (FACE) campaign focuses on reversing the crisis in instructional staffing at our nation's colleges and universities. Read more about the campaign's goals and advocacy efforts.