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Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 6 - 12, 2017

Despite severe weather across the southern U.S., campaigns against standardized exam overkill and for better methods of assessment continue to accelerate. FairTest hopes all our allies in Texas, Florida and other states hit hard by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are safe and will soon be able to return to their effective assessment reform activism.

FairTest Reacts to 2017 ACT Scores

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 30 - September 5, 2017

As school doors open after the Labor Day holiday, challenges to standardized testing misuse and overuse continue to accelerate across the U.S. -- make sure your assessment reform stories and resources are included in these weekly roundups by sending links to bobschaeffer@fairtest.org

National Senator Will Introduce Bill to Reduce Number of Federally Required Tests
http://missoulian.com/news/local/tester-again-seeks-to-reduce-the-number...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 23 - 29, 2017

You can tell that a new school year is beginning across the U.S. by the surge in testing-related coverage -- this week's clips include news from 20 states as well as national overviews. FairTest is especially pleased that so many stories and columns include strong criticisms of standardized exam misuse and overuse, reflecting a growing consensus for assessment reform that is also revealed in recent public opinion polls. 

WASHINGTON POST: Beyond test scores: The right way to assess students and schools, by Monty Neill

 

 

WASHINGTON POST: The list of test-optional colleges and universities keeps growing — despite College Board’s latest jab

 

The KSU SENTINAL: Opinion: Multiple choice tests are unfair and inaccurate

August 21st, 2017 Chandler Smith

Multiple-choice tests are an unfair and inaccurate way to test how much students have learned.

Students sometimes spend hours preparing for a test, placing emphasis on the wrong material, only to realize once the test is in front of them that they studied for all the wrong things. This can happen when the professor places a higher emphasis on the lectures than the reading material, or vice versa, when students expect the opposite.

NBC NEWS: Does the SAT Still Matter If Nearly 1,000 Colleges Are Test-Optional?

by Susan Donaldson James

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 16-22, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of parents, students, educators and community leaders across the U.S. play important roles in the growing assessment reform movement.  This fall, FairTest will celebrate two national leaders in the struggle against high-stakes testing and for educational justice: Schott Foundation President John H. Jackson and Mass. Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 9 -15, 2017

A broad range of voices -- from parents and teachers to scholars and researchers to legislators and governors -- continue to speak out against testing overuse and misuse. As the assessment reform movement grows, it has an ever-increasing impact on public policy, particularly at the district and state level.

Arkansas State to End "Gotcha" School Grades
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/aug/13/gotcha-grades-out-for-schools-...

Colorado Feds Criticize Proposal to Ignore Test Opt-Outs in State ESSA Plan

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