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

For Immediate Release, June 23, 2008


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.”


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.



Lisa Guisbond: Resist the testing bandwagon

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




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.

Why Graduation Tests/Exit Exams Fail to Add Value to High School Diplomas

NCLB Administrative Tinkering Fails to Address the Flawed "Test and Punish" Policies Initiated By Nation at Risk Misdiagnosis

for further information contact:
Jesse Mermell/Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
or Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, April 22, 2008 after Sec. Spellings’ Detroit speech.

"Beyond NCLB" by Monty Neill Available at Rethinking Schools

"Beyond NCLB" by FairTest's Monty Neill is available in Rethinking Schools at http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/22_03/beyo223.shtml.

April FairTest Examiner Newsletter Published

The April 2008 FairTest Examiner is now published.

See the articles here and be sure to sign up to receive future issues and updates via email direct from FairTest.

Testimony of Monty Neill, Ed.D. to the Rhode Island Board of Regents Regarding Proposed Graduation Requirements

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