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.



FairTest Press Release: Standardized Exam Cheating In 37 States And D.C.; New Report Shows Widespread Test Score Corruption

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

for immediate release, Thursday, March 28, 2013

Pop Quiz on Testing: Are You Keeping Up?

By Lisa Guisbond, FairTest

Published by the Answer Sheet, January 16, 2013

FairTest Commentary: Chicago Strike Echos High-Stakes Testing Resistance

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773
              cell    (239) 699-0468   

for immediate release, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Give Arne’s “Bus Tour” a Warm Welcome, see why and link to tour schedule here.

Once again, Education Secretary Arne Duncan is running a “back to school” bus tour, starting in California on Sept. 12 and winding east to DC (see for detailed schedule).

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