How much more evidence do policy makers need before they recognize that test-and-punish policies have failed? Learning gains have stagnated, progress toward closing the "achievement gap" has stalled, and their constituents increasingly reject the strategy. Even some of their strongest newspaper editorial page allies -- including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times -- are saying that it is time to look at alternative approaches. Enough is enough!
Major National Survey Finds Parents Strongly Oppose Standardized Testing Misuse and Overuse
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.