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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.

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated March 2016)

A controversial December 2015 memo from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is the latest in a series of hollow threats suggesting that states, districts and schools could lose federal financial aid if parents, students or teachers boycott standardized tests. The memo cites several possible penalties for states with high opt-out rates, including withholding some federal funds that help pay for testing. But none of the funding sanctions would affect local schools.

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

Reform Movement Reacts to Obama Administration Statement, School Chiefs Survey on Testing Overkill

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

                   cell (239) 699-0468

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

Key Assessment and Accountability IssuesFacing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

FairTest faxed this letter to all Senators asking them to oppose NCLB-lite amendment and support grade span testing.

July 15, 2015

Dear Senator,

FairTest stands with many grassroots civil rights, parent, educator, and community groups in opposition to continuing the harmful consequences imposed by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). 

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