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.
With schools open across the nation, opposition to the planned Common Core Assessments is surging. As protests spread, more commentators are taking note of the disconnect between the growing resistance to standardized exam overkill among parents, teachers and community leaders and the stubborn support of failed testing policies by public officials.
As classroom doors open for another year of politically mandated testing overkill, grassroots assessment reform advocacy is exploding around the nation. Along with escalating criticism of the Common Core Assessments, protest actions are already underway in many states. Please send FairTest stories about your local resistance campaigns so we can share them with activists and journalists across the country. And, remember that back issues of these weekly news updates are available online at: http://fairtest.org/news
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