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California Suspends High School Graduation Test

for further information:

Lisa Guisbond  (617) 959-2371
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773

                   

for immediate release, Thursday, October 8, 2015

CALIFORNIA SUSPENDS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION TEST,
MAKING 30,000+ YOUNG PEOPLE ELIGIBLE FOR RETROACTIVE DIPLOMAS;
JOINS NATIONAL TREND OF STATES REPEALING EXIT EXAMS

 

Computerized Testing Problems - Chronology

compiled by National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

The ongoing litany of computer exam administration failures reinforces the conclusion that the technologies rushed into the marketplace by political mandates and the companies paid to implement them are not ready for prime time.  It makes no sense to attach high-stakes consequences to such deeply flawed tools.

FairTest: Florida Should Suspend High-Stakes For Students Due To Computer Test Failures

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773
              mobile  (239) 699-0468

 

for immediate release, Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FLORIDA SHOULD SUSPEND HIGH-STAKES FOR STUDENTS DUE TO COMPUTER TEST FAILURES,
CONSISTENT WITH NEW REPORT; STATE’S TAXPAYERS OWED FINANCIAL REBATE FOR TEST FOUL-UPS

 

Fairtest Reaction To 2015 Annual Gallup/Phi Delta Kappan Survey

for further information:

Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

 

for immediate release, Monday, August 24, 2015

NEW POLL: U.S. PUBLIC STRONGLY BACKS ASSESSMENT REFORM MOVEMENT,
REJECTS TEST-AND-PUNISH POLICIES
FAIRTEST REACTION TO 2015 ANNUAL GALLUP/PHI DELTA KAPPAN SURVEY

 

Tell Congress: Keep Federal Accountability Mandates Out of a New Education Law

Take action now to make sure a new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the best possible replacement of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB).

Diehard test-and-punish proponents are still pushing to insert destructive “NCLB-lite” accountability provisions into a compromise bill. We need to stop that threat in its tracks!

FairTest Analysis of Key Assessment and Accountability Issues Facing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

Key Assessment and Accountability IssuesFacing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

Video of Karen Lewis at FairTest event

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, delivered a thoughtful and passionate talk to FairTest and our guests on receiving her Hero in Education award on June 4. She traces the links between testing and the social inequalities it perpetuates. View the 5-minute video here. https://youtu.be/mL6F7JCzOQ4

FairTest Reacts to Ongoing Computer-Administered Testing Problems: Exams Crashed in 9 States in April

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
                   cell (239) 699-0468

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 15 - 17, 2015

We've pulled together this special edition of our usually-weekly newsclips because of three huge stories that broke in the past several days. 

-  In New York, more than 173,000 students opted out of the first wave of state testing, at least tripling last year's boycott level. 

National Day of Action April 8

Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning

What:  Call your U.S. Senators and join the Twitter storm.If we raise our voices together, we can persuade the Senate Education Committee to cut back testing requirements as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.  

When:  April 8, 2015

Who: Testing Resistance and Reform Spring alliance, convened by FairTest, and including many national and state organizations.
 

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