With stories from 20 states, this week's news clips demonstrate the breadth and depth of the grassroots assessment reform movement. Effective advocacy by parents, students, educators and community leaders across the nation is pressuring more and more policy makers to cut back testing overuse and misuse, creating space for better systems of assessment.
As peak school testing season nears in many states, grassroots activists are winning more and more victories against standardized exam overuse and misuse. Parents, educators, community leaders and their allies need to keep pressure on policy makers to curb testing overkill and create more space for performance assessments.
It's spring testing season. In many states, the grassroots pushback against standardized exam misuse and overuse is gaining strength. Check out this week's clips to see how legislatures, boards of education, and other policy-making bodies are responding to assessment reform movement power!
School testing season begins in many states this week, and grassroots protests are exploding across the nation. To help parents, students, educators and allies build more powerful testing resistance and assessment reform campaigns FairTest has released new and updated advocacy tools
Responding to escalating grassroots pressure against standardized exam overkill, many state legislatures and education boards are advancing plans reduce testing overuse and misuse. Close monitoring by constituents is necessary to ensure that high-sounding proposals are actually implemented.
In state after state -- and even in Washington DC -- lawmakers are responding to grassroots' concerns by beginning to rein in standardized exam overuses and misuses. There's still a long way to go to win comprehensive assessment reform but there is concrete evidence of real progress. Check out FairTest's new test opt-out resources to see how you can add to the pressure during this year's testing season.
From California to Massachusetts and Florida to Minnesota, the assessment reform movement is gaining steam. Many of this week's stories highlight the ways grassroots mobilizing by parents, educators and community activists is pressuring policymakers to reduce testing volume and eliminate high-stakes standardized exams. Check out FairTest's organizing guide for more helpful resources: