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FairTest Article on NCLB in AFSC journal Peacework

FairTest Article on NCLB in AFSC journal Peacework:

 The September issue of Peacework focues on education activism, providing a rich set of resources for parents, educators, students and other activists. FairTest's Monty Neill's lead article focuses on overhauling federal law (at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/beyond-no-child-left-behind). Issue contents are summarized below. You can read all the articles on the web at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/.

NCLB Administrative Tinkering Fails to Address the Flawed "Test and Punish" Policies Initiated By Nation at Risk Misdiagnosis

for further information contact:
Jesse Mermell/Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
or Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 after Sec. Spellings’ Detroit speech.

"Beyond NCLB" by Monty Neill Available at Rethinking Schools

"Beyond NCLB" by FairTest's Monty Neill is available in Rethinking Schools at http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/22_03/beyo223.shtml.

FairTest's Reaction to Secretary Spellings’ “Differentiated Accountability" Plan

for further information contact:

Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207 Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, March 18, 2008

“No Child Left Behind” After Six Years: An Escalating Track Record of Failure

After six years, there is overwhelming evidence that the deeply flawed “No Child Left Behind” law (NCLB) is doing more harm than good in our nation’s public schools. NCLB’s test-and-punish approach to school reform relies on limited, one-size-fits-all tools that reduce education to little more than test prep. It produces unfair decisions and requires unproven, often irrational "solutions" to complex problems. NCLB is clearly underfunded, but fully funding a bad law is not a solution.

AYP Problems and Solutions Report

Refocusing Accountability

(note - a print formated pdf of this document can be downloaded via the attachment at the bottom of this page)

Briefing Paper Prepared for Members of
The Congress of The United States

Refocusing Accountability:
Using Local Performance Assessments to Enhance Teaching and Learning
for Higher Order Skills

Failing Our Children: Executive Summary

Failing Our Children:


· How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education


· An Accountability Model That Supports School Improvement


Letter from FairTest to all Presidential Candidates. October 2007

October 25, 2007

Dear Candidate for President:

As the only national organization with testing reform as its focus, FairTest has a more than 20-year history of working to improve assessment of America's students. We have addressed such issues as the proper role of college admissions exams in university admissions, state graduation and grade promotion tests, and the role of assessment in the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB).

Movement to Overhaul NCLB Accelerates (PDF)

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