The story dominating this week's testing news is the replacement of "No Child Left Behind" with the "Every Student Succeeds Act," whose assessment and accountability provisions are a modest improvement over previous federal test-and-punish mandates.
With passage of legislation to eliminate many of the worst federal test-and-punish mandates in "No Child Left Behind" and Arne Duncan's waivers extremely likely, a new FairTest fact sheet offers recommendations on how grassroots activists can transform assessment reform opportunities in the new "Every Student Succeeds Act" into state and local policy victories.
Congress has passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). This bill is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the universally despised “No Child Left Behind.” The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.
Giving Tuesday for Assessment Reform Thanks to grassroots activists like you there's much to be thankful for. This year has seen real progress in rolling back testing overkill in both the K-12 and university admissions arenas. Please help ensure that 2016 is even more successful by making your most generous possible contribution on this national day of giving to non-profits like FairTest: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairtest
National No Child Left Behind Rewrite Is "Modest Progress" for Assessment Reformers
The pending Congressional overhaul of "No Child Left Behind" will not in any way undermine the national, grassroots high-stakes testing resistance. Instead, it provides additional incentives for parents, students, teachers, administrators and community leaders leaders to press for even more meaningful assessment reforms at the national, state and local levels. This week's stories of progress come from 22 states as well as the college admissions arena.
It may be hard to believe but the already fast pace of assessment reform news continues to accelerate, reflecting the rapidly growing strength of the grassroots movement against standardized testing misuse and overuse. Activists will pay particular attention to Washington DC in the coming weeks as Congress finally appears ready to take up a bill to replace "No Child Left Behind," which shifts considerable power over testing and accountability to state government policymakers.
National NCLB Overhaul May Soon Begin Moving on Capitol Hill