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2017 National Grange High Stakes Testing Resolution

The National Grange has passed a strongly worded resolution against high stakes testing. It calls on the “U.S. Congress and administration to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently known as the "Every Child Succeeds Act''), reduce the testing mandates, promote multiple forms of evidence of student learning and school quality in accountability, and not mandate any fixed role for the use of student test scores in evaluating educators.” Test-focused education has caused much harm in rural as well as urban and suburban schools.

Time to Learn Survey: Impact of Testing on Teaching and Learning

FairTest worked with the National Coalition of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) Time on Learning Committee to develop a survey that teacher unions can use with their members to expose the consequences of high-stakes testing. It can be adapted for use by parent, student and community groups.

The survey is available at https://www.jotform.com/form-templates/2017-time-to-learn-survey.

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated February 2018)

Parents and students often fear the threat that if they opt out of state exams, their school could lose funding. However, this is an empty threat: no school has lost funding because of opting out.

In fact, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) specifically authorizes states to allow parents to opt their children out of exams. Ten states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin) have laws specifically allowing parents to opt their children out. None has ever been sanctioned.

Federal Law and Regulations on Opting Out Under ESSA (Updated February 2018)

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that states assess 95% of all students, and 95% of each “subgroup” in every school with federally mandated annual state tests in English and math. It says that in calculating average school test scores, a school must include in the denominator the greater of either all test takers, or 95% of eligible test takers.

Fighting for Assessment Reform under ESSA

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It replaces the widely despised “No Child Left Behind.” The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

Action Alert! FairTest opposes US Education Department's harmful draft regulations on accountability

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How to Organize Testing Resistance and Reform under ESSA - PowerPoint

FairTest has created a PowerPoint presentation on how to organize testing resistance and reform under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

You can view it in pdf here.

The New Federal Education Law: A Basis for a Stronger Testing Resistance and Assessment Reform Movement

The New Federal Education Law:

A  Basis for a Stronger Testing Resistance and Assessment Reform Movement

Building a Stronger, More Effective Assessment Reform Movement under ESSA

Congress has passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). This bill is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the universally despised “No Child Left Behind.” The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

Congress to Vote on No Child Left Behind Overhaul

ESEA Reauthorization:

A New Basis to Expand High-Stakes Testing Resistance and Assessment Reform

By Monty Neill

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