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Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 15 - 21, 2017

Pressure is rising in state after state to reduce standardized exam overkill, end high-stakes and support better assessment measures. The beginning of testing season is a great opportunity to increase attention to the issue. Parents, students, educators, and community leaders should make sure that their elected representatives know of the strong support for real testing reform.

Colorado Governor Supports End to High School PARCC Testing
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/13/proposed-bill-that-has-gove...

FairTest Tells Maryland Legislators to Cap Testing Time

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 452

 

MARYLAND SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

ROBERT A. SCHAEFFER, PUBLIC EDUCATION DIRECTOR

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAIR & OPEN TESTING (FAIRTEST)

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 8 - 14, 2017

The pace of both testing resistance and assessment reform is definitely quickening as the late winter/early spring 2017 standardized exam season draws nearer. Great to see so many policy makers questioning the fundamental role and value of current volumes of testing and the stakes attached to them.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 1 - 7, 2017

Check out all the assessment reform activity in state legislatures as national polling shows strong public support for reducing testing overkill

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 25 - 31, 2017

With the 2017 K-12 school testing season beginning soon in some jurisdictions, FairTest has released several new and updated fact sheets to help assessment reform activists organize resistance to standardized exam overuse and misuse. At the same time, many state legislatures are considering proposals to reduce testing overkill. 

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated January 2017)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) authorizes states to allow parents to opt their children out of exams if a state or district allows it. Eight states already have laws allowing opt outs. New federal regulations ignore this provision, but states should not.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 18 - 24, 2017

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates with legislatures back in session and annual school testing drawing near. Many states are beginning to use their new flexibility under ESSA as parents, students, teachers, supervisors, school board members and community activists push for major reductions in standardized exam mandates.

National States Balance Ambitious and Achievable in ESSA Plans
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/01/18/states-balance-ambitious-an...

Just Say No to Standardized Tests (Updated January 2017)

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public educationby eating up classroom time, narrowing curriculum and driving many students out of school. It is perpetuating a false narrative of failure and putting schools in low-income communities at risk of closure or privatization.

Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams (Updated January 2017)

"Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams" lists what is happening with state high school exit exams: the shrinking number of states with them, ones that recently ended them or established a moratorium, states that awarded retroactive diplomas when they ended grad tests, states that lessened the weight or number of the tests, and states that plan to introduce graduation tests in the future.

UPDATED JANUARY 2017

Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests (Updated January 2017)

"Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests" explains in two pages how and why mandated high school exit tests damage students and the quality of education. These tests deny diplomas to tens of thousands of students, disproportionately children of color, immigrants or youth with special needs; they do not improve college or career prospects but feed the school-to-prison pipeline; new Common Core tests are likely to increase the dropout rate; and more.

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