The National Center for Fair & Open Testing

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.

Learn more about us and our mission.


Congress has passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). This bill is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the universally despised “No Child Left Behind.”  The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education by eating up classroom time, narrowing curriculum and driving many students out of school. “Opting out,” or refusing to take government-mandated standardized tests, is a powerful way to protest this educational malpractice. Click here for the full fact sheet.

[Updated Feb. 3, 2016] Around the U.S., over 645,000 public school students refused to take standardized exams during 2015, according to a preliminary FairTest tally. Even broader protests are planned for the 2016 testing season.

See National Merit’s previously secret state-by-state cut-off scores and a table showing SAT scores by family income. . .

More than 30 additional schools adopted test-optional policies in the past year, including 13 over the summer of 2015 alone...

Growing grassroots movement rolls back testing overkill.