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Fairtest’s Reaction to Proposal To Postpone Test-Based Teacher Ratings

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill     (617) 477-9792                                                                  
or Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

FairTest News Release: Stagnant ACT Scores show Failure of Test Driven Policies

for further information:                                                                  
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell  (239) 699-0468
 

for use with annual ACT scores on or after Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 13 - 19, 2014

Across the U.S., students are returning to classrooms where even more time will be devoted to standardized exam preparation and administration. Over the summer, some districts developed hundreds of new tests to comply with mandates from federal and state politicians who are still not listening to their constituents (http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/collier-must-create-more-than-7...).  Not surprisingly, the escalating testing frenzy is additional motivation for the nation's growing assessment reform movement.

Colorado Opt-Out Movement Grows

Pearson's History of Testing Problems

PEARSON’S HISTORY OF TESTING PROBLEMS

compiled by Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director

FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing

Updated April 22, 2015

 

1998 California – test score delivery delayed

 

1999-2000 Arizona – 12,000 tests misgraded due to flawed answer key

 

2000 Florida – test score delivery delayed resulting in $4 million fine

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 6 - 12, 2014

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates as back-to-school season begins. Note the geographic breadth of the rapidly growing high-stakes testing resistance with stories from 17 states and the District of Columbia just this week. There are also several very good commentaries.

Remaking Accountability in California: Moving Beyond Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/08/remaking_accountabi...

The Failure of Washington, DC Test-Driven "Reform"

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 30 - August 4, 2014

This week's mid-summer torrent of stories shows how testing overkill and assessment reform have become significant issues of public -- and political -- debate.

More Testing Won't Reform Connecticut Schools
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/op_ed/hc-op-fresh-talk-carroll-consi...

DC School's Own Test Results Demonstrate Failure of Exam-Driven Ed. "Reform"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/05/if-this-i...

Forum on Educational Accountability's Recomendations for Improving Federal Assessment Law

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 23 - 29, 2014

As summer winds down toward back-to-school season, there is ever more media coverage of the growing testing resistance and reform movement. At the same time, a pattern of reaction is emerging from the "stay the course" and "(testing) business as usual" camp.

Testing Resistance and Reform News: July 16-22, 2014

Parents, educators, students and activists in many communities are using the "quiet" summer months to plan campaigns that will build the assessment reform movement's power once schools reopen. Across the country, more and more media outlets are reporting on the impact grassroots organizing already has made on policy-makers.

Remember that archived issues of these weekly updates are online at  http://fairtest.org/news -- a quick review of the clips demonstrates how much progress Testing Resistance & Reform Spring made this year.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 9 - 15, 2014

The accelerating testing resistance and reform movement is beginning to produce modest victories across the country.  Reflecting constituent pressure, more politicians are speaking out against over-testing. A few have established commissions to investigate the problem (and solutions). Several state legislatures have voted to cut back the number of tests and reduced their consequences. Classroom teachers have pushed their national associations to adopt stronger positions. More news stories and opinion columns recognize the failure of test-and-punish policies and examine alternatives.

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