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Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 5 - 11, 2017

Aggressive grassroots testing resistance campaigns and a string of assessment reform policy victories highlight a very active week with standardized exam season now underway in many states.

Standardized Testing and Young Children -- new FairTest assessment reform resource in English and Espanol
http://fairtest.org/standardized-testing-and-young-children

California How Parents Can Opt Children Out of Standardized Testing
http://www.cta.org/optout

Connecticut State Removes Student Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 29 - April 4, 2017

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!

New Advocacy Resource: Standard  Testing and Students with Disabilities
http://fairtest.org/standardized-testing-and-students-disabilities
Other Recent Assessment Reform Tools from FairTest
http://fairtest.org/new-and-updated-fact-sheets

Standardized Testing and Young Children

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 22 - 28, 2017

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

New Resistance and Reform Tools

New and Updated Fact Sheets:

Here are new and updated tools that parents, teachers, students and their allies can use to battle the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.

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

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.

National Tell Your State to Consult with Stakeholders Over ESSA Plans
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-...

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

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.  

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

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:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 22 - 28, 2017

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

Alabama Future of ACT Aspire Testing in Limbo
http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/local/act-aspire-s-future-in-limbo/arti...

California State Studies Ways to Improve Measures of School Climate

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...

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