Testing Resistance & Reform News: Dec. 14 - 20, 2016

Thousands of readers like you -- grassroots activists, educators, journalists, and policy-makers -- rely on these weekly news clips to stay on top of assessment reform initiatives around the nation.  Your year-end contribution makes it possible for FairTest to publish these updates as well as advocacy tools such as the new fact sheets linked in today's first item.

Testing Resistance & Reform News -- December 7 - 13, 2016

With the 2016-2017 school testing season right around the year-end, holiday vacation corner -- some states start administering their annual exams in February -- the pace of assessment reform news is accelerating.  Parents, teachers, administrators and, increasingly, policy-makers now recognize that current school testing policies undermine educational quality and equity. Many are pushing for significant changes through local, state and national campaigns.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 30 - December 7, 2016

Assessment reform activists are taking advantage of opportunities under the new federal education law to push back against testing overkill with a range of proposals from auditing local standardized exam requirements to overhauling statewide school evaluation policies.

Testing Resistance & Reform News for November 23 -29, 2016

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Admissions Movement Leaving ACT/SAT Behind - Higher Education

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 16-22, 2016

As fallout from November 8 continues to settle, activists across the nation are already pressing newly elected legislators to reduce testing volume, eliminate high-stakes standardized exams, and promote better forms of assessment. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 9 - 15, 2016

The November 8 tidal wave swamped most other news, but a number of testing-related stories and commentaries still appeared over the past week. Perversely, the ugly election results may create new opportunities for assessment reform victories at the local, state, and even federal levels.  

Test-Optional Admissions list Tops 900 Colleges and Universities

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 2 - 8, 2016

This Election Day, education issues are not center stage for most top-of-the-ticket candidates. But down ballot, teachers, parents and community have put testing policies into play in many state and local races. And, grassroots activists know that, whatever voters decide today, the assessment reform movement will continue to pressure elected officials for fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes test misuse, and support for better assessments. 

Overhauling Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning: New Opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Overhauling Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning:

New Opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act


The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates valuable opportunities to replace standardized tests with performance assessments. These can promote the engagement, creativity and critical thinking skills that have been stifled by teaching to standardized tests.

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