Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 15 - 17, 2015

We've pulled together this special edition of our usually-weekly newsclips because of three huge stories that broke in the past several days. 

-  In New York, more than 173,000 students opted out of the first wave of state testing, at least tripling last year's boycott level. 

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Lessons of APS scandal: Overuse, misuse of testing fuels cheating

April 7, 2015    

Robert Schaeffer is public education director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (Fair Test).

He wrote this piece for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

By Robert Schaeffer

The sad story of educators caught manipulating standardized exam scores

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 8 - 14, 2015

Today is huge for assessment reform with the U.S. Senate education committee starting markup of legislation to overhaul "No Child Left Behind," tens of thousands of students planning to opt-out of the first day of standardized exams in New York State, and sentencing scheduled in the Atlanta cheating case that has focused attention on damage from the fixation on test scores.

Here's a sampling of just one week's news from across the nation. Please continue sending us your clips and let us know if FairTest can help your local campaigns in any way

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 1 -7, 2015

The assessment reform movement gains momentum across the U.S. and even beyond national borders, as parents, students, teachers, administrators, and school board members say "Enough is enough" to standardized exam misuse and overuse. Now is the time to ratchet up pressure on members of Congress and state legislatures to roll back test-and-punish mandates!

Less Testing: More Teaching -- Contact U.S. Senators April 8 National Day of Action for "No Child Left Behind" Overhaul

National Day of Action April 8

Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning

What:  Call your U.S. Senators and join the Twitter storm.If we raise our voices together, we can persuade the Senate Education Committee to cut back testing requirements as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.  

When:  April 8, 2015

Who: Testing Resistance and Reform Spring alliance, convened by FairTest, and including many national and state organizations.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 25 - 31, 2015

The U.S. assessment reform movement is growing so rapidly that it is hard to keep up. This week's clips include stories from 30 states as well as updates from the fight to rollback federal testing mandates

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 21 - 24, 2015

The testing resistance continues to expand rapidly across the U.S. with assessment reform news updates from two dozen states in just the past four days. 

Arizona Senate Takes Up Bill Establishing Opt-Out Procedures

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 18 - 20, 2015

Normally, FairTest sends out these news clips summaries once a week, early each Tuesday afternoon. With school standardized exam season now in full gear, however, the flow of stories about testing resistance and reform actions is accelerating rapidly. This special edition  -- with updates from more than half the 50 states over just three days -- reports on the first, too-modest steps by policy makers across the U.S. to respond to the growing grassroots pressure for assessment reform. 

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