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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

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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 http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/secretary-duncan-and-top-education-officials-2012-cross-country-back-school-bus for detailed schedule).

Resistance to High Stakes Testing Spreads

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 9:55pm

Resistance to High Stakes Testing Spreads

A national resolution to limit standardized testing is gathering support.

By: Bob Schaeffer

District Administration, September 2012

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: DOUBLING DOWN ON FAILED ED. POLICY

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: DOUBLING DOWN ON FAILED ED. POLICY

Washington Post "The Answer Sheet" Blog -- August 9, 2012

This was written by Lisa Guisbond, a policy analyst for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, a Boston-based organization that aims to improve standardized testing practices and evaluations of students, teachers and schools.

 

 

By Lisa Guisbond

How You Can Build Support for the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing!

Here are sample letters for you to use in encouraging friends, local school boards, allied organizations, and state and national legislators to endorse the Resolution. There are also sample letters to the editor and op-eds. We encourage you to submit these to your local paper or blogs.

Sample letters to friends and others:

Op-ed published in Charlotte (NC) on The National Resolution

Stop testing madness, create culture to truly prepare students

Posted: Thursday, May. 17, 2012 – Charlotte Observer op ed

From Pamela Grundy and Carol Sawyer, co-chairs of Mecklenburg Area Coming Together for Schools:

It’s test week, and every public school teacher and parent in North Carolina knows what that means.

Sample letter to editor on the National Resolution (longer)

It's MCAS time in Massachusetts. Our children, like their peers around the country, are spending less time learning, more time prepping for, taking and worrying about standardized tests.

Are you are concerned about the ever-increasing influence of standardized testing on your children? Do you have the feeling that your child is getting test prep while suburban kids are still learning a broad and deep curriculum that better prepares them for college and careers? Take heart. A national rebellion started Monday, April 23, and is spreading rapidly throughout the United States.

Sample Sample letter to editor on the National Resolution (short)

School’s out for summer, to the relief of millions of test-weary students, teachers and parents. Our children are spending less time learning, more time prepping for, taking and worrying about standardized tests.

Are you are concerned about the increasing influence of standardized testing on your children? Do feel your child is getting test prep while other kids are still learning a broad and deep curriculum that better prepares them for college and careers? Take heart. A national rebellion started this spring and is spreading rapidly throughout the United States.

Sample Letter to state and federal legislators on the National Resolution

Dear (Legislator/Congressperson),

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