With school doors now opening across the U.S., FairTest kicks off its 30th Anniversary of advocacy for assessments that are valid, open and educationally useful. Working with grassroots activists across the country, we are currently making great progress to roll back test misuse and overuse in both the K-12 and university admissions arenas, as our weekly new clip summaries demonstrate. You can help build an even stronger assessment reform movement by making a special contribution today:
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The ongoing litany of computer exam administration failures reinforces the conclusion that the technologies rushed into the marketplace by political mandates and the companies paid to implement them are not ready for prime time. It makes no sense to attach high-stakes consequences to such deeply flawed tools.
Though schools are still closed for the summer in many parts of the country, the weekly testing story count is already exploding. No doubt it's going to be a most exciting and productive year for assessment reformers. Stay with us for weekly updates and be sure to check the news clip archives (http://www.fairtest.org/news/other) for articles you may have missed.
"Testing Lacks Public Support," the headline on the Phi Delta Kappan's summary of its just published 2015 Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, says it all. The annual survey clearly shows that a majority of Americans are fed up with politically mandated overuse and misuse of standardized exams, just as FairTest and allies have repeatedly stated. FairTest Reaction
School doors are opening in many parts of the country but test scores from last spring are just beginning to be released. The big news in many jurisdictions is the huge surge in the number of families who opted out, a movement that is sure to grow in the 2015-2016 academic year. In many state capitals and Washington, DC policy makers are responding to mounting grassroots pressure by reducing test overuse and misuse -- we are making progress, but there's still a long way to go!
As K-12 classrooms across the country ready to reopen, scores from last year's tests are starting to be released. And, with Congress on summer recess, education committee staffers are working behind the scenes on reconciling provisions of the NCLB-overhaul bills passed by the House and Senate. This is a great time to make your views about the need for assessment reform known to both state and federal policy makers.