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Resist the Tests 2016

Welcome! This page lists standardized test resistance, refusal and reform actions and events by state. These include opting out, public forums and meetings, rallies, news conferences, legislative action days, and more.

If you have an action or event to share, let us know at fairtest@fairtest.org and we will post it here.

You can use the hashtags #resistthetests and #optout2016 to post your actions on Facebook and Twitter.

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement, Monthly Review

"[The] refusal to participate in federally mandated testing programs likely represents a turning point in the history of assessment reform in the United States. The next few years will tell, as activists plan to dramatically increase refusals and to win policy changes in the states. Their avowed goals include less testing, an end to high-stakes uses of tests (that is, making decisions about students, educators, or schools solely or primarily on test scores), and implementation of other, educationally sound assessment practices.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 10 - 16, 2016

Lots of stories this week demonstrating the impact of opting out and other effective protests against standardized exam overkill. Please continue to support the testing resistance and reform movement through your own grassroots work and by making a contribution to FairTest at: 

                    https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairtest

Just Say No to the Test

Just Say No to the Test

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education by eating up classroom time, narrowing curriculum and driving many students out of school. It is perpetuating a false narrative of failure and putting schools in low-income communities at risk of closure or privatization.

End Florida's Politically Manipulated School Grades

for further information

Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

             mobile  (239) 699-0468

 

for immediate release, Tuesday, January 5, 2016

TESTING REFORM LEADER TELLS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

“OUR  CHILDREN AND FLORIDA TAXPAYERS

DESERVE BETTER THAN POLITICALLY MANIPULATED GRADES

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated March 2016)

A controversial December 2015 memo from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is the latest in a series of hollow threats suggesting that states, districts and schools could lose federal financial aid if parents, students or teachers boycott standardized tests. The memo cites several possible penalties for states with high opt-out rates, including withholding some federal funds that help pay for testing. But none of the funding sanctions would affect local schools.

National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

RESOLUTION ON HIGH-STAKES TESTING

More than 670,000 Refused Tests in 2015

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer      (239) 395-6773

Lisa Guisbond      (617) 959-2371                                                          

Updated Monday, August 29, 2016

The New Federal Education Law: A Basis for a Stronger Testing Resistance and Assessment Reform Movement

The New Federal Education Law:

A  Basis for a Stronger Testing Resistance and Assessment Reform Movement

Building a Stronger, More Effective Assessment Reform Movement under ESSA

Congress has passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). This bill is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the universally despised “No Child Left Behind.” The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

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