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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.

Forum on Educational Accountability Successful in its Efforts to Improve the Higher Education Act

Contact: Gary Ratner
Executive Director, Citizens for Effective Schools
301 469-8000                               

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forum on Educational Accountability Successful in its Efforts to Improve the Higher Education Act, P.L. 110-315

What the Presidential Candidates are saying about NCLB

The Presidential Candidates on NCLB – Update, October 2008

With just two months until the presidential election, the Democratic and Republican parties have had their respective conventions and produced party platforms, which gives us an opportunity to see if the candidates are saying anything new about NCLB. The short answer is, nothing very specific. Independent candidate Ralph Nader, on the other hand, specifically calls for the law’s repeal. Libertarian Bob Barr and other candidates have also weighed in on the law since our last update in June.

FairTest Article on NCLB in AFSC journal Peacework

FairTest Article on NCLB in AFSC journal Peacework:

 The September issue of Peacework focues on education activism, providing a rich set of resources for parents, educators, students and other activists. FairTest's Monty Neill's lead article focuses on overhauling federal law (at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/beyond-no-child-left-behind). Issue contents are summarized below. You can read all the articles on the web at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/.

Video: "FairTest: You Can't Judge Learning with a Standardized Test"

High Stakes Tests Do Not Improve Student Learning

High Stakes Tests Do Not Improve Student Learning

A FairTest Report by Monty Neill, Acting Executive Director
January 1998

A common assumption of standards and tests-based school reform is that high-stakes testing, such as having to pass an exam for high school graduation, will produce improved learning outcomes. This view is found in the grading formula used in Quality Counts (1998), the recent Education Week report in which states receive points for having high-stakes tests.

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