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Testing Reform in the News -- June 13 - 15, 2012

Pop Quiz on Testing

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Education Week

June 11, 2012 (on line) and June 13 (print), 2012
Commentary
By Lisa Guisbond

Testing Reform in the News -- June 8 - 12, 2012

There has been no let up in grassroots pressure to overhaul assessment even as the school year winds to a close around the nation.

Florida Exam-Scoring Fiasco Reveals Flaws of Test-Driven Schooling
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/11/education/florida-backtracks-on-standardized-state-tests.html

Test Reformers Force Cancellation of "Rich Kids SAT"

FairTest, in collaboration with independent counselor Elizabeth Stone, generated such strong public pressure that the College Board was forced to withdraw its plan to offer a unique, mid-summer SAT only for students enrolled in a special program at Amherst College which costs $4,500. See the story here.

Fair Testing Advocates Urge College Board: Cancel Special “Rich Kids SAT”

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773
Elizabeth Stone   (650) 579-6180

for use after 10:30am EDT, Monday, June 4, 2012

FAIR TESTING ADVOCATES URGE COLLEGE BOARD: CANCEL SPECIAL, AUGUST 3 “RICH KIDS SAT”

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) and independent counselor Dr. Elizabeth Stone, who exposed a controversial plan to administer an official SAT exam on August 3 only to students enrolled in a $4,500 program, today called on the College Board to cancel that test.

FairTest Protests Special Mid-Summer SAT Limited to "Rich Kids"

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773
Elizabeth Stone   (650) 579-6180

for immediate release, Wednesday, May 30, 2012

FairTest's Op Ed in The Atlanta Journal Constitution: When put to a test, testing culture flunks

By Robert Schaeffer

Across the U.S., the politically mandated misuse of standardized tests is damaging public schools and the children they serve. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigation of suspicious test scores around the nation is just the latest example. Experts may debate the methodology, but there is no question that cheating on standardized exams is widespread. In just the past three academic years, FairTest has documented confirmed cases of test score manipulation in 33 states plus the District of Columbia.

 

FairTest Press Release on Many Test-Optional Schools Earning High U.S. News Rankings

for immediate release, Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What to Look For in Next Week’s SAT Score Report and U.S. News College Rankings

for immediate release, Thursday, September 8, 2011

FairTest News Release: Flat ACT scores shows failure of test-driven "school reform" + ACT score results.

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