Five years ago, I could not imagine that I would one day be writing an appeal on behalf of FairTest. But I have changed my views and now see the damage that test-based accountability and No Child Left Behind have done to our children, our teachers, and our schools. I wish I had realized sooner what I know now. But it's never too late to learn.
FairTest got it right:high-stakes testing is distorting the very purposes of education, demeaning the role of teachers, and turning our schools into test-prep factories.
If we truly want schools that respect professionalism and encourage creativity and innovation, our nation needs radically different policies for testing and accountability.
Those who admire the high-stakes testing status-quo are well funded. With the support of major foundations and the Department of Education, they are pushing for even more misuse of high-stakes standardized exams. FairTest is one of the few outspoken opponents of this misguided course of action.
Parents and teachers need a strong voice to advocate against the destructive misuse of test scores.
FairTest provides that voice.
FairTest has effectively stood up to the pro-testing onslaught:
coordinating a network of 150+ national education reform, civil rights, disability and advocacy groups who have demonstrated the flaws of "No Child Left Behind" and continues to push for a law that will truly benefit children
leading the movement for test-optional college admissions, which now lists more than 850 accredited bachelor-degree granting institutions that do not require either the SAT or ACT
serving as a clear voice with major news media offering credible arguments for fairer and more educationally sound assessments
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