Recommendations for Overhauling ESEA/NCLB

The Forum on Educational Accountability has released its 2010 recommendations for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently named “No Child Left Behind.” FEA prepared this summary of the recommendations. (PDF file)

Congress Needs a Different ESEA Blueprint

By Monty Neill, Interim Executive Director

This was posted on the National Journal blog at

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 comments on US Education Department's "Race to the Top Assessment Program" hearing in Boston on Nov. 12.

FairTest comments on US Education Department's "Race to the Top Assessment Program" hearing in Boston on Nov. 12. 

- See oral remarks in text or PDF.

- See detailed comments (including oral remarks) in PDF.


Contact Monty Neill 857-350-8207 or 8208 x 101
Lisa Guisbond 617-730-5445

for immediate release, April 28, 2009

Should NCLB cause most schools to Fail?

FairTest Letter to the Editor in the Washington Times.

LETTER TO EDITOR: Test scores do not equal merit

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Columnist Ken Blackwell correctly identifies FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing,

Questions for Arne Duncan, Nominee for Secretary of Education

These are questions FairTest believes should be asked of Arne Duncan at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Education, to be held before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Tuesday, January 13.

Open Letter to President-elect Obama on 7th Anniversary of NCLB

Open Letter to President-elect Obama

On the 7th Anniversary of the “No Child Left Behind” Law

“Keep Your Promises to Fix NCLB”


President-Elect Barack Obama on No Child Left Behind

During the presidential campaign, FairTest paid close attention to the candidates whenever they addressed No Child Left Behind. It will be some time before President-Elect Barack Obama takes action that will flesh out the mostly vague statements he made while campaigning, and even longer before anything specific happens with the federal education law. In the meantime, here is a compilation of his comments on NCLB from his web site and the campaign trail.

Confronting the Myths of No Child Left Behind

Supporters of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law use many arguments to defend the controversial law. The strongest-sounding arguments have little to do with the law’s actual provisions, while others are simply false. We have prepared this fact sheet to help people reply to the various claims made in defense of NCLB; sort, pick and adapt the points you need. 

All children can learn to high levels.

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