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Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 2- 8, 2015

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:

Computerized Testing Problems - Chronology

compiled by National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

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.

2015 SAT Score Report Reaction

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
           mobile  (239) 699-0468

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 26 - September 1, 2015

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.

National Five Years of Stagnant ACT "College Readiness" Scores Show Failure of Test-and-Punish K-12 Strategies
http://fairtest.org/Five-years-flat-ACT-Shows-testandpunish-fails

FairTest: Florida Should Suspend High-Stakes For Students Due To Computer Test Failures

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Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773
              mobile  (239) 699-0468

 

for immediate release, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FLORIDA SHOULD SUSPEND HIGH-STAKES FOR STUDENTS DUE TO COMPUTER TEST FAILURES,
CONSISTENT WITH NEW REPORT; STATE’S TAXPAYERS OWED FINANCIAL REBATE FOR TEST FOUL-UPS

 

Five Years Of Flat ACT Scores Show Test-And-Punish Policies Failed To Improve Average College Readiness Or Significantly Narrow Racial Gaps

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell  (239) 699-0468

for use with annual ACT scores August 2015

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 19 - 25, 2015

"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

Fairtest Reaction To 2015 Annual Gallup/Phi Delta Kappan Survey

for further information:

Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

 

for immediate release, Monday, August 24, 2015

NEW POLL: U.S. PUBLIC STRONGLY BACKS ASSESSMENT REFORM MOVEMENT,
REJECTS TEST-AND-PUNISH POLICIES
FAIRTEST REACTION TO 2015 ANNUAL GALLUP/PHI DELTA KAPPAN SURVEY

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 12 - 18, 2015

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!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 5 - 11, 2015

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.

If you need additional ammunition, remember that back issues of these weekly updates are archived at: http://www.fairtest.org/news/other

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