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Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 3 - 16, 2019

This week's edition is jam-packed with stories about both the flaws of relying on standardized exams to make high-stakes educational decisions as well as successful campaigns to roll back testing misuse and overuse.

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 26 - July 2, 2019

With the Spring 2019 testing season over and classrooms closed for the summer, many education news stories are focusing on the misuse of standardized exam results to evaluate school and teacher quality.  It's great to see the increasing breadth of voices criticizing current test-driven policies

Please remember Deborah Meier's plea for donations to help FairTest take advantage of the changing climate by building more winning assessment reform campaigns for this fall.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 19 - 25, 2019

As the last classrooms close for summer break, it's a good time to look back -- the past year has been among the best ever for the testing reform movement: more states eliminating exit exams; successful campaigns to rollback test-driven school grading schemes and the fastest ACT/SAT-optional growth rate in history.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 12 - 18, 2019

Though most public schools across the U.S. have closed for the summer, there are still plenty of stories about effective campaigns to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse. Encourage your friends and allies to sign up for these updates so they can receive important news and tools -

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 5 - 11, 2019

Along with this week's news about assessment reform progress, FairTest offers two freshly updated resources for activists to use in their local campaigns and journalists to reference for their reporting:
   - a chronology of computer testing problems
           https://www.fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology
   - history of test design, administration, and scoring failures by Pearson, the world's largest testing company

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 29 - June 4, 2019

Along with an ever-growing number of stories about successful assessment reform initiatives, we still see many disturbing reports of ongoing damage to students and educators from standardized exam misuse and overuse. Grassroots activists and their allies should feel free to contact FairTest for assistance with building winning local campaigns to replace testing overkill with authentic forms of assessment. 

Alabama Legislature Passes Grade Three Reading Retention Test Plan

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 22 - 28, 2019

There was no holiday in testing news during the past week -- both new standardized exam misuse outrages and more assessment reform progress.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 15 - 21, 2019

Widespread controversy around the College Board's new "Adversity Score" for college applicants highlighted why relying on test results to make high-stakes educational decisions is bad policy.  See FairTest's reaction here:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 8 - 14, 2019

With Washington's recent repeal of its graduation testing mandate, only eleven states still have exit exams. That's the lowest number in decades!  Check out FairTest's freshly updated fact sheet to see why so many jurisdictions have eliminated these counter-productive requirements  -- http://www.fairtest.org/graduation-test-update-states-recently-eliminated -- and use these arguments if your state still has a grad test.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 1 - 7, 2019

Lots of progress this week in reducing (or eliminating!) the role of standardized tests in teacher evaluation plus huge opt-outs in New York and more test-optional admissions policy adoptions.  The grassroots assessment reform movement continues to grow -- and win -- across the U.S.

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