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A Child Is Not a Test Score: Assessment as a Civil Rights Issue

Monty Neill's article, "A Child Is Not a Test Score:
Assessment as a Civil Rights Issue,
" from the Fall 2009 issue of Root and
Branch
, is avaiable here.
 
Root and Branch, published by the Advancement

Position Paper on Assessment for Learning

from the Third International Conference on Assessment for Learning

Dunedin, New Zealand, March 2009

(NOTE: For a formated printable PDF of this document click here.)

Paying Teachers for Student Test Scores Damages Schools and Undermines Learning

NOTE: for a PDF formatted version of this fact sheet click here)

Independent researchers have found that evaluating and paying teachers for test scores is either damaging or irrelevant to improved learning.*  Unfortunately, even evidence of harm does not seem to affect the growing popularity of such schemes. Policymakers, including U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, should stop promoting this failed approach.

FairTest Oral Testimony November 12, 2009

Thank you. My name is Monty Neill and I am the Interim Executive Director of FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

FairTest comments on US Education Department's "Race to the Top Assessment Program" hearing in Boston on Nov. 12.

FairTest comments on US Education Department's "Race to the Top Assessment Program" hearing in Boston on Nov. 12. 

- See oral remarks in text or PDF.

- See detailed comments (including oral remarks) in PDF.


FairTest critical comments on US Education Department's "Race to the Top Fund" guidelines.

TO AVOID SLIPPING BACKWARDS ON EDUCATION REFORM, DRAFT “RACE TO THE TOP” GUIDELINES MUST BE REVISED

A Critical Analysis of the Citizen's Commission on Civil Rights Report

A Critical Analysis of the Citizen's Commission on Civil Rights report,
National Teachers Unions and the Struggle Over School Reform


by Monty Neill, FairTest

July 14, 2009

Potential Principles for Building High-Quality State Assessment Systems

 

The following principles are drawn from the report of the Expert Panel on Assessment of the Forum on Educational Accountability and represent a launching point from which conference discussions on what is necessary to construct high-quality assessment and accountability systems may begin.


1. Ensure all students have equitable and adequate access to the resources needed to succeed.


2. Construct comprehensive and coherent systems of state and local assessments of student learning that:

FairTest's Monty Neill's Remarks at the FairTest-NEA Conference

These remarks were delivered by Monty Neill, Ed.D., Interim Executive Director of FairTest, as part of a panel discussion following a keynote presentation by Dr. James Pellegrino.

 

Thank you. I am very happy to be with you today, and I am looking forward to a very interesting, challenging and productive conference.


I'd like to make two main points:

    First, the need to shift from an accountability model to a shared responsibility approach. 

FairTest - NEA State Assessment Reform Conference

Materials from FairTest-National Education Association State Assessment Reform Conference


Transforming State Assessment Systems: Conference Materials

In May 2009, FairTest and the National Education Association held a conference on transforming state assessment systems. Materials from this conference include:

- Potential Principles for Building High-Quality State Assessment Systems (a starting point for conference discussions)

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