60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing

60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing: Manipulating High-Stakes Exam Scores for Political Gain

Drawn from government and media reports by FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
updated -- September 2014



(2009 - 2014)

In the past five years cheating cases have been documented in 39 states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Department of Defense schools, according to government and news media reports compiled by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Jurisdictions with schools whose unlikely score gains were flagged by the Atlanta Journal Constitution or USA Today statistical analyses are not included unless there is additional evidence to confirm the listing:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 17 - 23, 2014

Another incredible week for the assessment reform movement -- school boards adopting strong resolutions calling for a suspension of high-stakes testing, candidates speaking out against standardized overkill, new Congressional legislation to reduce federal mandates and many excellent commentaries at the same time parents, teachers and community organizers continue to speak out!  Keep the heat on.

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 10 - 16, 2014

It's only the middle of September but assessment reformers have already recorded an initial set of "wins" for the new school year: Pittsburgh significantly reduced district-mandated testing, and Florida suspended a controversial statewide reading exam. Building on successes of the recent past, escalating "enough is enough" pressure on federal, state and local policy-makers should produce many more victories in 2014-2015.  For a list of questions to ask your district, check out the second item in this week's collection of clips.

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School

States, districts and schools sometimes claim they will lose federal Title I funds if parents, students or teachers boycott standardized tests required under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a position reinforced by statements from U.S. Department of Education (DOE) officials.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 3 - 9, 2014

The school year is barely underway, but testing resistance and reform actions are already escalating across the nation. In an attempt to slow the momentum and maintain the test-and-punish status quo, state and federal politicians continue to push back deadlines for implementing new exams and suspend punitive consequences. But parents, educators, students, community leaders and local officials will not relent until there is genuine assessment reform, ending standardized exam misuse and overuse.

Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill     (617) 477-9792
or Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773                                                         
for immediate release Monday, September 8, 2014

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 27 - September 2, 2014

This week's biggest assessment reform news was the vote to "opt out" of state-mandated standardized exams by the Lee County, Florida School Board.  Though that was the most dramatic action so far this school year, we are seeing more and more local officials across the nation speaking out against testing overkill.  As grassroots activists, educators, and experts ratchet up the pressure, expect more politicians to join the chorus of Americans saying, "Enough is enough!"

Colorado Education Leaders Question Standardized Testing Fixation

FairTest Statement to the Lee County FL School Board on the Reconsideration of the Vote to "Opt Out" of Standardized Exams.


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Large Florida School District Votes to "Opt Out" of Standardized Exam Mandates.

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773
for immediate release Thursday, August 28, 2014

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