Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 5 - 11, 2014

Testing Resistance & Reform Spring is taking off across the nation. This week's stories include articles about protests against standardized exam overkill in a dozen states plus several excellent commentaries.  Be sure to post your events and take advantage of the resources available to support your work via the new, simpler URL: -- as always, feel free to use or adapt the many useful fact sheets at

"New" SAT Plan Fails to Address Exam's Major Flaws

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

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for immediate release, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

FairTest Reaction to "New" SAT Plan: Overhaul Likely to Spur Test-Optional Admission

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FairTest Questions the College Board on Plans for "New" SAT

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 26 - March 4, 2014

Last weekend's Network for Public Education conference in Austin provided another boost for the growing power of campaigns to overhaul school testing policies -- many plenaries and workshops addressed assessment issues.  This week's large batch of clips shows the breadth and depth of the movement. 

The Rising Tide of Opt Outs

FairTest's Testimony to the Rhode Island Legislature on Graduation Exams

Executive Summary[1]

Testimony of Lisa Guisbond
Policy Analyst for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare
State of Rhode Island General Assembly


February 26, 2014


Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 19 - 25, 2014

As another season of politically mandated standardized exam overkill gets underway in schools across the U.S., leading national assessment reform groups have launched "Testing Resistance & Reform Spring" to support and connect the many grassroots protest campaigns whose stories are reported in these weekly clip summaries.  If you have not signed up already, please do so today at:

Nat'l Ed Leaders Propose Principles for Congressional Compromise on NCLB

Forum on Educational Accountability

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792

for use on or after Wednesday, February 19, 2014




Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 12 - 18, 2014

As the spring testing season draws near, resistance and reform campaigns are becoming increasingly active.  This week's stories cover the nation from Alaska to Florida and Rhode Island to Utah. The success of test-optional undergraduate admissions raises fundamental questions about why so many standardized exams are required in K-12 education.

College Applicants Sweat the SATs: Perhaps They Shouldn't -- New Study Shows Test-Optional Admissions Works Well

New Report Shows Test-Optional Admissions Helps Diversity, Excellence

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell  (239) 699-0468

for release Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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