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.
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FairTest’s 35th – What’s Next for Assessment Reform?

Thirty-five years ago this weekend,  news stories across the nation reported, “The tens of millions of Americans who take standardized exams each year now have an organization to defend their rights.” FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing was launched at a news conference featuring civil rights, education reform, feminist, and student leadersduring the College Board’s annual meeting.


Two-thirds of all U.S. colleges and universities are test-optional or test-blind for fall 2021 applicants

More than two-thirds of 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. will not require applicants to submit ACT or SAT scores for fall 2021 admission. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), which maintains a free, online master list, reports that more than 1,570 schools are now test-optional. The federal government counts 2,330 bachelor-degree granting institutions.

College Board Sued By Students, Fair-Testing Advocates For Access And Technology Failures On Computerized AP Exams

Students and families from across the U.S., whose Advanced Placement (AP) responses could not be submitted during last week’s exams due to the test-makers technology problems, have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court seeking to force AP’s sponsor, the College Board, to score their answers. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest), whose staff spent many hours documenting and publicizing students’ experiences, joined the plaintiffs in seeking compensatory and punitive damages from the College Board.
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Updated FairTest Factsheet: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams

The number of states requiring high school graduation exams in language arts and math has declined rapidly over the past few years. Only eleven states have graduation tests in place for the high school class of 2020, down from a high of 27 that had or planned such tests. The current number is the lowest level since at least the mid-1990s.

See our updated fact sheet: Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams


2019 SAT Scores: Gaps Between Demographic Groups Grows Larger

The test remains a clearer measure of family background than higher education readiness. Over 1,050 colleges, universities now do not require SAT or ACT scores.


“Beyond The GRE” Campaign And “GREXIT” Web List Seek To Downplay Tests In Graduate School Admissions

Scores from the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE) are not good predictors of success in many graduate school programs, according to leaders of an effort to reduce reliance on test results launched today.


Just Say No to Standardized Tests: Why and How to Opt Out

FairTest fact sheet explains opting out, links to fact sheets on federal law, and more.
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