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:
You can tell that testing season is on the horizon when there's assessment reform news from more than a third of the states in just one week. You can connect to other local activists by using the resources at: http://fairtest.org/get_involved
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.
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.
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.