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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/.

Exit Strategies: Confronting Faulty Grad Tests by Latricia Wilson.

See the story in the July 10 issue of The Nation: Exit Strategies: Confronting Faulty Grad Tests (Originally published by WireTap.) by Latricia Wilson.
(
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080721/latricia)

Latricia was profiled in an April 2008 FairTest Examiner story.

 

Video: "FairTest: You Can't Judge Learning with a Standardized Test"

Seattle Teacher Refuses to Administer WASL Test to Students

PRESS RELEASE—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SEATTLE TEACHER REFUSES TO ADMINISTER WASL TEST TO STUDENTS, CITING MULTIPLE HARMS TEST CAUSES STUDENTS, TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, AND PARENTS

Date: April 20, 2008

Contact: Juanita Doyon, Director, Parent Empowerment Network, Spanaway, 253/973-1593 Carl Chew, Seattle Teacher, 206-265-1119 email ctchew@earthlink.net

High Stakes Tests Do Not Improve Student Learning

High Stakes Tests Do Not Improve Student Learning

A FairTest Report by Monty Neill, Acting Executive Director
January 1998

A common assumption of standards and tests-based school reform is that high-stakes testing, such as having to pass an exam for high school graduation, will produce improved learning outcomes. This view is found in the grading formula used in Quality Counts (1998), the recent Education Week report in which states receive points for having high-stakes tests.

MA Readiness Project Members Criticize Final Report on MCAS and Assessments; Say MCAS Overhaul is Urgently Needed

For Immediate Release, June 23, 2008


Contact:

Lisa Guisbond 617-730-5445, 617-959-2371 (cell)
Jim Nehring 978-772-9749
David Krane 617-276-6241 (cell)
Ruth Rodriguez-Fay (508) 353-7888 (cell)
Trudy Knowles (413) 562-5337 (home) (413) 572-5724 (work)

 

Readiness Project Members Criticize Final Report on MCAS and Assessments; Say MCAS Overhaul is Urgently Needed to address Negative Consequences

 

MA MCAS and Assessment Subcommittee Sees Urgent Need for MCAS Overhaul

The Readiness Project subcommittee charged with reviewing MCAS and assessment expressed an urgent need for substantive change to the current system. To underscore this sense of urgency, the subcommittee’s consensus report echoes Brown v. Board of Education, saying, “In order to move toward important new educational goals, MCAS – as the ‘system’ it was originally intended to be – must evolve significantly and that evolution must begin with deliberate speed.”

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Testimony of Lisa Guisbond to the PA Senate Ed. Committee

Testimony of Lisa Guisbond, Policy Analyst for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

Senate Education Committee Hearing on Proposed Graduation Competency Assessments
Pennsylvania General Assembly

May 14, 2008

Since its creation in 1985 by leaders of major civil rights, education reform and student advocacy organizations, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, Inc. (FairTest) has closely monitored the impact of state-mandated exit exams on both equity and educational quality.

Press Release: FairTest's Testimony on the PA Graduation Test

for further information:
Jesse Mermell (857) 350-8207
or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, May 12, 2008

Lisa Guisbond: Resist the testing bandwagon. Projo.com Op Ed.

http://www.projo.com/opinion/contributors/content/CT_regents4_05-04-08_E...

 

Lisa Guisbond: Resist the testing bandwagon

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, May 4, 2008

LISA GUISBOND

CAMBRIDGE

 

THE RHODE ISLAND Board of Regents will discuss on May 15 proposed changes to the state’s high-school-graduation requirements that may increase the weight placed on state test scores. The board should think twice before going down this road.

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