Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 18 - 24, 2015

With the annual standardized exam season about to begin in the nation's public schools, the testing resistance and reform movement is speaking out loudly both on Capitol Hill and in many state capitals. Make sure to add your voice so more politicians get the message.

U.S. House Scheduled to Vote on NCLB Revisions This Friday
National Teachers Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on "No Child" Rewrite

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 11 - 17, 2015

The "spin" on today's first story may be a bit ahead of the curve. But the testing resistance and reform movement is making significant progress, as this week's clips from half of the nation's 50 states clearly demonstrate. To win even more tangible victories, we have to ratchet up the pressure on policymakers at the federal, state and local levels to significantly reduce testing overuse and end high-stakes standardized exams.

Boycotters Might Be Winning Battle Over Standardized Testing

Testing Resistance & Reform News -- February 4 - 10, 2015

This week's news stories and opinion columns -- from more than half the 50 states -- demonstrate the rapidly growing breadth and depth of the U.S. assessment reform movement.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 28 - February 3, 2015

Ever-strengthening assessment reform pressure has kept proposals to roll back test misuse and overuse at the center of education policy debates on Capitol Hill and in many state capitals across the country.  This week's news stories, opinion columns, and advocacy resources come from 22 states as well as Washington, DC

Email Congress Now to Demand Less Federal Testing, End to High-Stakes
FairTest Statement to Congress -- Grade-Span Exams, No Punitive Consequences

FairTest Testimony on ESEA Reauthorization to Senate HELP Committee.

Less Testing, More Learning

Testimony to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director, FairTest (National Center for Fair & Open Testing)

Emailed to

(NOTE: for a print friendly PDF of this document click here.)

February 2, 2015

Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and Members of the Committee:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 21 - 27, 2015

Demonstrating another surge of support for assessment reform as the Spring 2015 testing season nears, this week's stories about the movement against standardized exam overuse and misuse come from more than 40% of the 50 states. The news is reinforced by several excellent analytic pieces and opinion columns (back issues of these weekly updates are archived at:

FEA Recommendations for ESEA on Assessment, Accountability and School Improvement, Jan. 2015

Forum on Educational Accountability

Recommendations for Improving Federal Law - January 2015

Widespread SAT Cheating Continues in Asia

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773


for immediate release Thursday, January 22, 2015

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 14 - 20, 2015

Responding to pressure by the grassroots assessment reform movement (check out this week's stories from 22 states!), Congress finally takes up overhauling "No Child Left Behind" this month.

Now is the time to make your voice heard by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representative to support a significant reduction in federal testing requirements.

Student Testing: When Is Enough Enough?

FairTest Statement on Federal Standardized Exam Mandates

for further information:

Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                     

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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