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Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 29 - July 5, 2016

Though school is out for the summer and the long, holiday weekend slowed coverage, there's still plenty of assessment reform news. Please add your voice at the Save Our Schools rally, march and conference in Washington DC at the end of this week

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 22 - 28, 2016

A number of states are already moving to take advantage of the flexibility to overhaul assessments included in the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act. But proposed U.S. Department of Education regulations could inhibit reforms that help improve learning and learning. If you have not weighed in already, now is the time to submit a comment -- it's easy; just click on the first link below

National Act Now to Block Federal Regulations That Could Reimpose Failed Test-and-Punish Policies

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 15 - 21, 2016

With public schools closing for the summer, many states are reviewing their 2015-2016 testing experience (once again, not a pretty picture) and planning to implement assessment reforms in coming years.  You can help stop the U.S. Department of Education from promoting testing misuse and overuse by weighing in on proposed Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.

Action Alert! FairTest opposes US Education Department's harmful draft regulations on accountability

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 8 - 14, 2016

Another week of standardized exam foul-ups leads more states to de-emphasize test scores or, at least, question their assessment policies. Check out FairTest's chronology of computerized testing problems at:
http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology

Alaska State Seeks Federal Testing Waiver After Computer Exam Failed
http://www.newsminer.com/news/education/state-seeks-standardized-testing...

California State at Odds with Feds Over School Rating Proposals

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 1 - 7, 2016

Testing controversies continue to produce major news stories across the nation as the grassroots assessment reform movement presses to roll back the pervasive overuse and misuse of standardized exams.

National Draft Federal Regulation Try to Continue Test-and-Punish Policies Under ESSA
https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/federally-mandated-test-and...

California More than Half of Students Opt-Out of Tests at Two Schools

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 25 - 31, 2016

Many states are beginning to review their assessment and accountability systems to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Input from grassroots stakeholders -- particularly parents, educators and community leaders -- can help determine whether the revised policies help improve learning and teaching or simply put a different gloss on failed test-and-punish systems.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 18 - 24, 2016

The grassroots assessment reform movement continues to score victories as more legislatures and policy-makers agree to roll back standardized exam overkill. To track progress over this spring's testing season, check out our news clip archives at http://fairtest.org/news/other -- you can find out how to get involved at: http://fairtest.org/building-stronger-more-effective-assessment-reform

Multiple States Snapshot of Spring Testing (and Opt-Out) Season
http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/opt-out-20-snapshot-spring-tes...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 11 - 17, 2016

With spring testing winding down in many schools after another trouble-filled season, parents, educators and community activists are pressuring policy makers to focus on overhauling state assessment systems using the increased flexibility possible under the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

National Congressional Leaders Urge Full Stakeholder Participation in ESSA Implementation
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/05/murray_scott_urge_b...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 4 - 10, 2016

Add Georgia to the list of states that have had to eliminate consequences attached to test scores because of the failure of computer-administered exams. Earlier this year, Alaska and Tennessee cancelled their tests as did Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in 2015 -- more than two-thirds of all states have reported computer test SNAFUs: http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology.

Meanwhile, the grassroots assessment reform movement continues to push state and local policy-makers to rollback policies that mandate the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.

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