Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 21 - 24, 2015

The testing resistance continues to expand rapidly across the U.S. with assessment reform news updates from two dozen states in just the past four days. 

Arizona Senate Takes Up Bill Establishing Opt-Out Procedures

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 18 - 20, 2015

Normally, FairTest sends out these news clips summaries once a week, early each Tuesday afternoon. With school standardized exam season now in full gear, however, the flow of stories about testing resistance and reform actions is accelerating rapidly. This special edition  -- with updates from more than half the 50 states over just three days -- reports on the first, too-modest steps by policy makers across the U.S. to respond to the growing grassroots pressure for assessment reform. 

FairTest testimony to Connecticut legislature on testing reform.

Download a PDF Copy of FairTest testimony to Connecticut legislature on testing reform Here

FairTest Testimony on ESEA Reauthorization to Senate HELP Committee.

Less Testing, More Learning

Testimony to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director, FairTest (National Center for Fair & Open Testing)

Emailed to FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov

(NOTE: for a print friendly PDF of this document click here.)

February 2, 2015

Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and Members of the Committee:

FEA Recommendations for ESEA on Assessment, Accountability and School Improvement, Jan. 2015

Forum on Educational Accountability

Recommendations for Improving Federal Law - January 2015

FairTest Statement on Federal Standardized Exam Mandates

for further information:

Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                     

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Independent Test Results Show NCLB Fails


No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002, the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Its provisions, such as testing grades 3-8 annually in reading and math and punitive sanctions, took effect over the next several years. The law is seven years overdue for reauthorization by Congress. This year, both the House and Senate are showing strong interest in voting for a new version.

Testing Reformers React to Sec. Duncan's Call for "No Child" Revamp

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                    
Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773


for use with Secretary Arne Duncan Seaton Elementary Speech, Monday, January 12, 2015

What State Legislators Can Do to Advance Assessment Reform

Across the nation, resistance to test overuse and misuse reached unprecedented levels in spring 2014. The rapidly growing movement built on significant test opposition unleashed in 2013. This year, resistance erupted in more states with far more participants, and it won notable victories.

The first wave of tangible “wins” included many significant steps forward. In the past two years:

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement: A FairTest Report

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement, based on interviews with dozens of activists, provides insights on how they built rapidly growing, successful campaigns.


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