SATs Drop Again, as Test-Optional Movement Surges

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 21 - September 27, 2016

Topping this week's news: more jurisdictions roll back graduation exams, another state's computer testing system collapses, and activists across the country press for more assessment reforms at the same time test-and-punish advocates push for even more counter-productive tests.

National More States Abolish or Suspend Graduation Tests

Alaska Many Inaccuracies on State-Mandated School Readiness Test

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 14 - 20, 2016

The 2016-2017 academic year is barely underway, but grassroots assessment reform pressure is already producing positive changes in both K-12 schools and university admission policies.

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National ESSA Raises Stakes in 2016 State Elections
National Opt-Out Movement Continues to Grow

Half of "Top 100" National Liberal Arts Colleges Do Not Require ACT/SAT

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for immediate release Monday, September 19, 2016

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 7 - 13, 2016

This week's news clips reinforce the trend summarized in FairTest's new report "Testing Reform Victories 2016."  The upcoming academic year will feature fewer tests with reduced consequences attached to them along with an initial wave of improved assessment systems encouraged by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  Obviously, the grassroots testing resistance and reform movement has much, much more to do . . .  but we are beginning to make real progress in changing public policy.

Back-To-School Report Tallies 2016 Testing Reform Victories

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For release Wednesday, September 8, 2016

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 31 - September 6, 2016

With school doors opening across the country, there's a surge of stories critiquing the value of test scores and examining potential assessment reforms. If you have colleagues or friends who would benefit from receiving these weekly news clip summaries, please encourage them to sign up at:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 24 - 30, 2016

"Less Testing, No High-Stakes, Better Assessments" -- that's the core message parents, educators and community leaders are effectively delivering to policymakers as a new school year begins across the nation.  Look for a forthcoming FairTest report on "Testing Reform Victories 2015-2016" summarizing recent successes.

Alaska State Seeking Bids for New Test After Exam Administration Failure

More Colleges Drop ACT Requirement as Taxpayer Subsidized Test Volume Grows

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 17 - 23, 2016

The back-to-school agenda for the growing, national assessment reform movement is straight-forward: cut the volume of standardized testing; eliminate high-stakes exam misuses; encourage alternative accountability systems. Campaigns are already having an impact in many states.

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