Failing Our Children: Executive Summary

Failing Our Children:


· How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education


· An Accountability Model That Supports School Improvement


Letter from FairTest to all Presidential Candidates. October 2007

October 25, 2007

Dear Candidate for President:

As the only national organization with testing reform as its focus, FairTest has a more than 20-year history of working to improve assessment of America's students. We have addressed such issues as the proper role of college admissions exams in university admissions, state graduation and grade promotion tests, and the role of assessment in the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB).

Summary of Proposed Legislative Changes to ESEA/NCLB

March 2007

The current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB), needs fundamental change. The Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA) has submitted legislative language based on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB to the U.S. House and Senate Education Committees that would remake the law into an effective tool for school improvement.

Aspen Commission Proposals are "NCLB on Steroids;" Side-Effect Will Be More "Teaching to the Tests" (PDF)

Letter in Opposition to Testing Head Start Children

Dear Representative:
As recognized experts in the fields of early childhood development and assessment, we write to express our concerns about plans proposed by the Head Start Bureau to implement a National Reporting System for all 4- and 5-year-olds in Head Start in the Fall of 2003. We agree in principle with the need to conduct ongoing child assessments. However, we are troubled by both the timing and structure of this new proposed effort.

National Assessment of Educational Progress and National Assessment Governing Board

 Link to National Assessment of Educational Progress and National Assessment Governing Board at

PURE testimony to the Senate Education Committee Subcommittee on NCLB

Presented by Julie Woestehoff, PURE executive director September 12, 2003


High School Testing: Letter to Congress

February 3, 2005

Dear Senator/Representative:

Classroom Caste System

Washington Post Op. Ed. -- April 9, 2007
by David Keyes

Written five years ago to reduce the "achievement gap," the No Child
Left Behind Act has in fact created a gap in American education. Its
pressure to raise test scores has caused many schools to give poor and
minority students an impoverished education that focuses primarily on
basic skills.

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