FairTest in the News

FairTest's Op Ed in The Atlanta Journal Constitution: When put to a test, testing culture flunks

By Robert Schaeffer

Across the U.S., the politically mandated misuse of standardized tests is damaging public schools and the children they serve. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigation of suspicious test scores around the nation is just the latest example. Experts may debate the methodology, but there is no question that cheating on standardized exams is widespread. In just the past three academic years, FairTest has documented confirmed cases of test score manipulation in 33 states plus the District of Columbia.

 

FairTest's Letter on High Stakes Testing to the Equity Commission

March 27, 2012

The Equity and Excellence Commission:

Dear Members of the Commission: The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) is concerned about the damage done to educational equity and excellence by the use of high-stakes testing. Among the widely documented problems are:

FairTest to Honor Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award

Date and Time: Tuesday, 5 June, 6:00-830 p.m.

Place: Julia Richman Educational Complex, 317 East 67th St., New York City

FairTest on the Atlanta Cheating Scandal

 

Diane Ravitch to Receive FairTest's "Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education" Award

At a reception and ceremony on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, at the Julia Richman Education Complex in Manhattan, New York City, FairTest will honor Diane Ravitch for her longtime commitment and contribution to public education, especially to educational equity.  

FairTest is now on Facebook and Twitter!

Come follow FairTest on Facebook and Twitter! Keep up with the latest news on Assessment, the "No Child Left Behind" reauthorization, and Test Score Optional Admissions. FairTest is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/FairTest/18387767859 (click "Like"); and you can follow us on Twitter at @fairtestoffice.

FairTest in the News - April 2010

4/9/10: FairTest had a featured contribution in the popular Washington Post blog '"The Answer Sheet"  --

      http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/guest-bloggers/obama-ed-bl...

 


Friday, 4/2/10, FairTest had a long letter-to-the-editor that ran across the top of the USA Today editorial page --

      http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2010/04/letters-testandpunish-system-is-i...

 

FairTest is There

 

Congress Needs a Different ESEA Blueprint

By Monty Neill, Interim Executive Director


This was posted on the National Journal blog at
http://education.nationaljournal.com/2010/03/sizing-up-the-new-blueprint...


The Obama Administration's "Blueprint for Reform" continues to rely far too heavily on standardized tests to control schools and define learning. As a result, it provides far too little reform of the discredited No Child Left Behind law (NCLB). Too much of this plan merely rearranges the deck chairs on the Titanic.

FairTest in the News Febraury 2010

On February 17, the Washington Post "The Answer Sheet" blog featured a contribution by FairTest's Lisa Guisbond on linking teachers' pay to their students' test scores, which attracted more reader comments than any other posting to the site in the past several months:

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