Class of 2016 National Merit Scholarship Cut-Off Scores Vary By State But Assure Most Awards Go To Affluent Families

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Computerized Testing Problems: 2013 -2015

compiled by National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

The ongoing litany of computer exam administration failures reinforces the conclusion that the technologies rushed into the marketplace by political mandates and the companies paid to implement them are not ready for prime time.  It makes no sense to attach high-stakes consequences to such deeply flawed tools


FairTest: Florida Should Suspend High-Stakes For Students Due To Computer Test Failures

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for immediate release, Tuesday, September 1, 2015



Tell Congress: Keep Federal Accountability Mandates Out of a New Education Law

Now is the time to make sure a new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the best possible replacement of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) that we can win at this time.

The House and Senate conference committee to reconcile their respective versions of ESEA will begin work soon. A new law that ends federally mandated accountability will be an important step forward, even though neither house reduced the test-every-kid-every-year mandate.

FairTest Analysis of Key Assessment and Accountability Issues Facing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

Key Assessment and Accountability IssuesFacing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

FairTest faxed this letter to all Senators asking them to oppose NCLB-lite amendment and support grade span testing.

July 15, 2015

Dear Senator,

FairTest stands with many grassroots civil rights, parent, educator, and community groups in opposition to continuing the harmful consequences imposed by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). 

FairTest Reacts to Ongoing Computer-Administered Testing Problems: Exams Crashed in 9 States in April

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 15 - 17, 2015

We've pulled together this special edition of our usually-weekly newsclips because of three huge stories that broke in the past several days. 

-  In New York, more than 173,000 students opted out of the first wave of state testing, at least tripling last year's boycott level. 

National Day of Action April 8

Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning

What:  Call your U.S. Senators and join the Twitter storm.If we raise our voices together, we can persuade the Senate Education Committee to cut back testing requirements as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.  

When:  April 8, 2015

Who: Testing Resistance and Reform Spring alliance, convened by FairTest, and including many national and state organizations.

Help FairTest Grow the Testing Reform Movement

FairTest is a national hub for the test resistance and reform movement.  Every day, thousands of parents, educators, journalists and public officials use our web materials or contact our office for help. With your help, FairTest can meet the exploding demand for assistance and leadership. Together, we can build and sustain a vibrant movement and win major change.

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