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Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 30 - June 5, 2018

The human impact from high-stakes standardized exams has often been ignored by mainstream media.  Not this week!  Check out the stories highlighting the real harm done to children, their families and educators by testing overkill.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 23-29, 2018

The growing impact of the assessment reform movement is clear in this week's clips, many of which reflect a critical perspective on test overuse and misuse. This fall's elections will play a major role in determining whether new public officials will roll back standardized exam overkill or if the same old officials will continue discredited test-and-punish policies.

Arizona Why Is "D" Rated School Shamed Instead of Helped

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 15 - 22, 2018

The message from parents, students, educators and community leaders could not be clearer: the path to educational progress requires reducing testing and eliminating high stakes.  Policy-makers in many jurisdictions are starting to listen and implement real assessment reforms.  Keep the pressure on!

Florida Kindergarten "Readiness" Testing Is Part of War on Youngest Children
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/05/fl-continuing-war-on-littles....
Florida Increase in Exit Exam Alternative Cut Scores Could Reduce Graduation Rate

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 9 - 15, 2018

The rich array of stories in this week's news clips -- online, in print, via video and audio -- reported from a third of U.S. states and around the world demonstrate the breadth, depth and impact of the assessment reform movement.

California Student Academic Performance Improved After State Backed Away From "Test-and-Punish"
https://edsource.org/2018/a-closer-look-at-californias-impressive-educat...

Colorado Feds Finally Approve State ESSA Plan After Language Changes Regarding Opt Outs

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 2 -8, 2018

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 25 - May 1, 2018

It's peak testing season, with many problems regarding standardized exams -- both how they are administered and, more importantly, how their results are (mis)used -- reported around the country.  Fortunately, a growing movement of parents, students, educators and community leaders is pushing back: visits to FairTest's Opt-Out Guide (

Testing Resistance & Reform News : April 18 - 24, 2018

In addition to lots of other testing news, several states that contract with Questar, a for-profit subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service, recently experienced significant disruptions of their computerized standardized exams.  In three -- New York, Ohio and Tennessee -- the entire assessment system crashed. The latest failures add to the evidence that corporate and ideological forces rushed these technologies into the marketplace before they were ready for prime time.  See FairTest's chronology of computer testing problems at:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 11 - 17, 2018

With students taking annual standardized exams in schools across the U.S., there's a spate of stories about computerized testing breakdowns, assessment design flaws, and the educational damage from current policies. All this evidence will strengthen the movement seeking to replace testing overkill with better forms of assessment. Remember that back issues of these weekly news clips are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news

National Follow the Money: The Story Behind NAEP Score Patterns

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 4 - 10, 2018

For nearly two decades, proponents of test-and-punish policies have claimed that their strategies would lead to gains in overall academic performance and a narrowing of historic score gaps. But according to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores released today, no such trend has taken place. In fact, data support the opposite conclusion: NAEP score gains and achievement gap closing both have stagnated during the era that began with signing of the No Child Left Behind law in 2002. SAT and ACT results show a similar pattern.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 28 - April 3, 2018

April is the peak month for test-obsessed classrooms in many parts of the country -- simultaneously the opt-out movement and legislative assessment reform proposals are surging, as this week's rich collection of news clips demonstrates.

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