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Support Seattle Teachers’ Boycott

Seattle Teachers Boycott Tests

A boycott by Seattle teachers of district mandated Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests has drawn support from educators, parents and students across the country. Teachers said they refused to administer the tests because they cover material they are not expected to teach, they take too much time away from learning, especially for struggling students, and giving the MAP tests ties up computer labs for weeks. FairTest supports these teachers and others who are taking a stand against testing overuse and misuse.

How You Can Work for Testing Reform

1.Talk to others about test misuse. Break the silence by talking with other parents, teachers, neighbors and friendsone on one, in small groups, or at house parties.Share the facts about test overuse and misuse.
            • Use the fact sheets at http://www.fairtest.org/fact%20sheets.
 

What's Wrong with Standardized Tests Infographic


 

FairTest Senate testimony connects testing with school to prison pipeline.

FairTest submitted  written testimony on how high-stakes connects testing with punitive discipline and the school-to-prison pipeline, to the subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights of the Senate Committee on the

Assessment Reform Tools: Research, Books and More, November 2012

“Value Added” Instability

In “On the Stability (or not) of Being Irreplaceable,”  researcher Bruce Baker excoriates a report from The New Teacher Project that labels teachers whose “value added” scores place them in the top 20% as “irreplaceables.”

View New Webinar on Authentic Performance Assessment.

View webinar on authentic performance assessment, featuring presenters from FairTest, Learning Record and NY Performance Standards Consortium.

High Quality Assessment for Instruction and Accountability
An FEA Webinar

FairTest Commentary: Chicago Strike Echos High-Stakes Testing Resistance

for further information:

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

for immediate release, Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Resistance to High Stakes Testing Spreads

Thu, 08/23/2012 - 9:55pm

Resistance to High Stakes Testing Spreads

A national resolution to limit standardized testing is gathering support.

By: Bob Schaeffer

District Administration, September 2012

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: DOUBLING DOWN ON FAILED ED. POLICY

NEW SCHOOL YEAR: DOUBLING DOWN ON FAILED ED. POLICY

Washington Post "The Answer Sheet" Blog -- August 9, 2012

This was written by Lisa Guisbond, a policy analyst for the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, known as FairTest, a Boston-based organization that aims to improve standardized testing practices and evaluations of students, teachers and schools.

 

 

By Lisa Guisbond

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