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

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 20 - 26, 2014

If the issues were not so serious, watching test-and-punish advocates backpedal in the face of the rapidly growing testing resistance movement would be great entertainment. From U.S.

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 (  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


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


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