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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

Testimony of FairTest's Monty Neill to the Maryland Joint Committee on Education/Ways and Means

for immediate release, Monday, March 17, 2008

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“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.

Letter sent to Maryland January 2008

Click below.

Performance Assessment Language for ESEA

The following language changes to Title I, Part A, section
1111 of NCLB would encourage more productive assessments:

1. Paragraph (b)(3) ACADEMIC ASSESSMENTS-
Summary of key changes: limit mandated state assessments to three
grade levels in reading/language arts and mathematics; clarify
that assessments shall be standards-based, use multiple measures
including performance assessments, and ensure assessment of higher-order
thinking and learning.

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

Testing Our Children: Introduction

Testing Our Children:

 

A Report Card on State Assessment Systems

 

 

Introduction

 

Test Scores Unreliable Means of Assessing School Quality

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