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Testing Resistance and Reform News: March 21 - 27, 2013

There's significant progress to report this week with legislatures in both Arizona and Texas passing proposals to reign in testing overkill.  At the same time, assessment reform action is escalating in another dozen states.  Keep the pressure on . . . and send us your best clips for circulation to allies around the nation.

Parents Agree: Standardized Tests Should Not Have This Much Power

Testing Resistance and Reform News: March 14 - 20, 2013

In less than a week, there's news of progress in the movement to resist high-stakes testing overkill from Rhode Island, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, New York, Florida, Minnesota and Oklahoma.  Meanwhile, those who profit from promoting standardized exams -- financially and politically -- stubbornly try to "stay the course" no matter how much damage to education quality and equity their policies produce.

Keep escalating the pressure (and send us clips about your actions for national circulation) !

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 6 - 13, 2013

At the risk of information overkill, here's a fat package of just one week's clips reporting the rising tide of resistance to high-stakes testing. For more details on the scope and impact of the growing national movement, check out the March issue of FairTest's Examiner newsletter at http://fairtest.org/newsletter/current

FairTest to honor Jonathan Kozol with Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award

UPDATE: May 20, 2013>>
FairTest ceremony awarding Kozol was a great success - you can help honor Jonathan

The May 9 event honoring Jonathan Kozol was a great success - excellent speeches, fine food, wonderful setting, and great people. You can still honor Jonathan and help FairTest by making a donation in his honor.

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 28 - March 6, 2013

Testing season begins this month, so even more protest campaigns are gearing up across the nation.

March (Testing) Madness Takes Over Schools
   http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/cmts_capt_begin/id_55546

Testing Resistance & Reform in the News: February 21 - 27, 2013

It's been another incredible week with stories from almost a dozen states chronicling the growing resistance to high-stakes testing overkill and illustrating assessment reform alternatives. There are several good models here for effective local organizing.  Not surprisingly, the testing industry and its apologists are pushing back with promises of "all new, improved" products that, no surprise, don't yet exist. 

Warning from Florida: Ignore Jeb Bush's Bad Advice on Education Policy

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 14 - 20, 2013

 

Testing Resistance and Reform News: February 7 - February 13, 2013

 

The pace of testing resistance news seems to increase with every passing week. Just wait until the annual late-winter/early-spring testing season when more opt-out and boycott campaigns kick in

 

Testing Resistance and Reform News: January 31 - February 6, 2013

 

Testing Resistance and Reform News: January 24 - 30, 2013

From the Pacific Northwest to New England and from Chicago to Austin, the grassroots push back against high-stakes testing overkill is rapidly expanding across the nation. And, there's even more evidence that school "reform" driven by standardized exam results is not supported by either academic research or real-world, classroom experience. 

High-Stakes Testing and Opting Out -- Recording of recent, oversubscribed Parents Across America webinar with FairTest's Monty Neill, Garfield High teachers, and other leading activists

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