SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown on Monday called for the passage of legislation to limited standardized testing in the nation's schools.

Brown, a Democrat from Cleveland, joined administrators, teachers, parents and students at Shaker Heights High School to push for passage of the Support Making Assessments Reliable and Timely (SMART) Act. It would give grant money to state departments of education to evaluate standardized testing.

The SMART Act is included in the Every Child Achieves Act, which reauthorizes the Early and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind. The legislation is awaiting approval by Congress.

"Annual testing can be a useful yardstick to measure progress and measure achievement, but it's just gone too far," Brown said.

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