This week's news clips show the assessment reform movement's geographic breadth, with stories from Oakland to Long Island and Maine to Texas. Remember that back issues are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news
The opening sentence of the first story about the Buffalo hearing says it all, "Reform of high-stakes testing for schoolchildren, a groundswell movement of lawn signs and small-scale protests, became an earthquake Wednesday evening."
The U.S. government may be largely shut down but federally mandated testing overkill continues throughout the country. Interesting to note that opposition to high-stakes standardized exams is one issue on which elements of the "left," "right," and "center" increasingly find common ground.
The volume of news coverage about testing protests and critiques continues to soar as more and more parents, teachers, parents and researchers across the nation say "Enough is Enough!"
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New Yorkers Assail Education Officials Over Testing Insanity
The rising tide of opposition to test-and-punish education schemes demonstrated its growing strength in the political arena last week, propelling opponents of standardized exam overkill to victory at the ballot box and pushing policymakers to approve a "pause" in California's testing consequences.