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Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 11 - 17, 2013

The drumbeat of assessment reform stories shows no let up as parents, students, educators and researchers increase the pressure on policy makers to abandon failed test-and-punish policies.

National Day of Action Wrap Up
http://www.otlcampaign.org/blog/2013/12/10/thank-you-great-day-action

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 4 - 10, 2013

The pace of assessment reform activism continues to accelerate, even as we enter the year-end-holiday season.  Note the geographic and ideological breadth reflected in the stories -- this is truly a growing national movement that cuts across conventional political lines

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 27 - December 3, 2013

Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, the assessment reform movement continued to keep the pressure on policy-makers across the nation. Even more protest activities are planned for next week's "Day of Action to Reclaim the Purpose of Public Education," which FairTest endorses.

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: Nov. 20 - 26, 2013

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, testing resistance continued to explode around the nation. The movement to delay Common Core assessments is particularly aggressive in New York with actions by parents, teachers, students and administrators underway in an ever-increasing number of states.  Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan struggles to extract his basketball-sneaker-shod feet from his mouth after denigrating critics of standardized exam overkill. And, there's more evidence that test-optional admissions works well in higher education.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 14 -19, 2013

Week after week, the assessment reform movement gains in geographic breadth and grassroots depth.  This month, New York State is a major focal point for mass organizing but there's plenty going on in many other states even though the high-stakes-exam season is still months away in most states.  FairTest is getting ready for "Testing Reform Spring 2014," and you should be too!  Let us know how we can help.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 8 - 13, 2013

The movement to replace high-stakes standardized exams with better forms of assessment picks up even more steam with huge protest events, growing opt-out campaigns, and ever more evidence that test-and-punish status quo "reform" policies are an abject failure.

Chicago Educators Launch "Let Us Teach" Campaign Against Standardized Testing
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23598511-418/chicago-teachers-union-u...
Time to Dump Standardized Tests

Momentum Grows Against Zero Tolerance Discipline and High-Stakes Testing

Judith Browne Dianis, Rhonda Brownstein, Jessica Feierman, and Monty Neill
Published on Anthony Cody’s blog, Living in Dialogue, Nov. 7, 2013

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 31 - November 7, 2013

Another week of escalating assessment reform organizing and action around the country. Journalists, both local, regional and national, are hearing the movement's message and conveying it to even broader audiences!

New NAEP Scores Add to Evidence of Failed Test-and-Punish Policies
http://www.fairtest.org/fairtest-news-release-2013-naep-results-added-evid

What Happens When Parents Stand Up and Say "No" to Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/what-happens-when-parents-stand-and-sa...

FairTest News Release on 2013 NAEP Results, Added Evidence of NCLB Failure

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Monty Neill's oral testimony to NY Senate hearings on testing

October 24, 2013
Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair
Committee on Education

RE: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress Oral Testimony

Dear Chairman Flanagan and Members of the Committee:

Thank you. My name is Monty Neill and I am Executive Director of FairTest, the National
Center for Fair & Open Testing, headquartered in Boston. We are the nation’s sole organization
focused on assessment reform. We address a range of issues, including standardized test quality,

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