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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 15 - August 21, 2013

FairTest's newsblasts are designed to help keep activists and journalists up to date about the status of the testing resistance and reform movement while also providing resources and models for effective organizing.  Please let us know the email addresses of any colleagues who would benefit from these weekly updates.

New Gallup Poll Shows Americans "Fed Up" With Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-press-release-new-poll-shows-americans-fe

FairTest Press Release: New Poll Shows "Americans Fed Up with School-Test Overkill"

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773
                   cell  (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 1 - August 7, 2013

With schools around the nation beginning to reopen, here's another spate of stories about test-score manipulation and the growing movement to reduce the emphasis on standardized exams.

Indiana School Grading Scandal: No Excuse for Bennett's Cheating
http://www.chestertontribune.com/Indiana%20News/guest_commentary_on_the_school_g.htm

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 25 - 31, 2013

Over the summer, there's been a sharp increase in investigative reports about the companies that make standardized exams, the fraudulent school grades derived from them, and the collateral damage from testing overkill. All of this will be valuable ammunition to escalate assessment reform campaigns when school resumes as soon as next week in some parts of the south and west.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 18 - 24, 2013

How much more evidence do policy makers need before they recognize that test-and-punish policies have failed? Learning gains have stagnated, progress toward closing the "achievement gap" has stalled, and their constituents increasingly reject the strategy. Even some of their strongest newspaper editorial page allies -- including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times -- are saying that it is time to look at alternative approaches.  Enough is enough!

Major National Survey Finds Parents Strongly Oppose Standardized Testing Misuse and Overuse

The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

See FairTest short report on grassroots testing resistance in 8 states/districts based on interviews with activists, The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

 

We will post a more detailed report later this summer - so check back.

FairTest: Constituents Must Pressure Congress to Overhaul NCLB

FairTest: Constituents must pressure Congress to overhaul NCLB - Washington Post Answer Sheet column.

Read the column here. (PDF)

FairTest Press Release: Senate Education Bill Fails To Reverse "No Child Left Behind" Damage, Ignores Constituents

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill    (617) 477-9792
or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
                                       
for immediate release, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Building a Successful Assessment Reform Movement

Building a Successful Assessment Reform Movement -- A Three-Part Series by FairTest

 

FairTest staff analyze the growing resistance to high-stakes tests and propose steps toward growing a larger, more effective movement. Part I discusses the need for over-arching strategies to guide the work. Part II explains why we need to push for authentic assessments. And Part III offers specific tactics activists can employ.

FairTest submits testimony on accountability to House Education Committee

The US House of Representatives Education Committee held hearings on "accountability" May 7, 2013. FairTest submitted testimony opposing high-stakes testing and test-based accountability and supporting educationally sound approaches to assessment and accountability.

See the PDF of the testimony here.

 

 

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