Recently, Boston area students and teachers organized an excellent conference, “Creating the Schools We Deserve.” It focused on what schools should be like and how we can win them. The conversations made clear that most people have never had the privilege of experiencing the kind of life-affirming, engaging, supportive, and multicultural schooling we can see at Boston’s Mission Hill School.
Building a Successful Assessment Reform Movement -- A Three-Part Series by FairTest
FairTest staff analyze the growing resistance to high-stakes tests and propose steps toward growing a larger, more effective movement. Part I discusses the need for over-arching strategies to guide the work. Part II explains why we need to push for authentic assessments. And Part III offers specific tactics activists can employ.
The US House of Representatives Education Committee held hearings on "accountability" May 7, 2013. FairTest submitted testimony opposing high-stakes testing and test-based accountability and supporting educationally sound approaches to assessment and accountability.
Across the nation, assessment reformers are ringing up victories and changing public opinion by pressuring policymakers, publishing great letters and opinion columns, and exposing test-driven corruption.
Wow! It's been another incredible week with a huge number of clips demonstrating the growing strength of the assessment reform movement. You can help Deborah Meier honor Jonathan Kozol and build the national high-stakes testing resistance by making a contribution at: http://www.fairtest.org/donate