Across the nation, resistance to test overuse and misuse reached unprecedented levels in spring 2014. The rapidly growing movement built on significant test opposition unleashed in 2013. This year, resistance erupted in more states with far more participants, and it won notable victories.
The first wave of tangible “wins” included many significant steps forward. In the past two years:
FairTest provides these weekly summaries of news clips and other resources as a tool to build the national assessment reform movement. We encourage parents, educators, students, administrators, community organizers, researchers and other allies to draw on the positive initiatives described in these links as models for their own local campaigns.
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Some States Rush to Tie Common Core Tests to Graduation
As you give thanks over the upcoming holiday, please join FairTest in our gratitude for the thousands of parents, teachers, students, administrators, community activists, school board members, researchers and commentators who are standing up to protect our children from standardized testing misuse and overuse. Here are a few of their recent stories.
Though election results dominated media coverage for several days, the assessment reform movement continued to accelerate across the nation, producing front-page news in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times and other major outlets.
It's Election Day, and public school testing policy is a hot issue in many races. After you vote, check out the latest news from across the country -- this week's update includes stories from 20 states and several analyses of the testing resistance and reform movement's growing national impact!
An explosive week for the testing resistance and reform movement. Nationally, pressure is mounting on President Obama, Secretary Duncan and members of Congress to cut back on federal mandates which help drive standardized exam insanity. At the same time, grassroots campaigns are forcing local officials to overhaul the testing policies they control -- today's summary includes stories from 19 states as well as several excellent commentaries.