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Testing Reform in the News -- October 18 - 24, 2012

The drumbeat of criticism focused on test-driven education "reform" continues to strengthen.  With sufficient pressure after Election Day, more public officials may begin to shift from chanting "no excuses" rhetoric and doubling-down on failed policies to examining the evidence and moving toward saner policies.

Politicians Blame Their Own Team for Education Failures  -- from FairTest Board member Deborah Meier

Testing Reform in the News -- October 11 - 17 , 2012

Another round of thoughtful, evidence-based analyses of the educational fallout from the test-and-punish status quo, issues which the Presidential debates continue to ignore

Why Almost all School Reforms Fail -- They Ignore Poverty's Impact
   http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=16889

Testing Reform Can Help Save Public Education
  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2012/10/there_is_a_...

It's Time to Get Rid of Standardized Tests

Testing Reform in the News -- October 2 - October 9, 2012

Another week with lots of news and commentary about assessment reform . . . plus ever more challenges from die-hard defenders of the failing, high-stakes testing status quo.

More Tests, But Not Much Better: New Common Core Assessments Are "Pigs in a Poke" 
  http://tinyurl.com/CommonCoreFacts

Texas District Rebuilds After Fraudulent Scheme to Push Out Low Test Scorers

Testing Reform in the News -- September 26 - October 2, 2012

Another incredibly visible week for assessment reformers.  Lots of media coverage documenting the damage from high-stakes testing as well as better alternatives.  Here are some of the best editorials, stories, columns and blogs.

Putting the SAT in Its Place
   http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-sat-college-20120926,0,2884825.story

Testing Reform in the News -- September 17 - 25, 2012

Another week chock-full of good coverage of test-misuse critics and the growing resistance to high-stakes standardized exams:

What Do ACT and SAT Scores Really Mean?
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/what-do-sat-act-scores-really-mean/2012/09/24/33e341c0-0675-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

Testing Reform in the News -- September 10 - September 17 , 2012

The Chicago Teachers strike catalyzed criticism of high-stakes testing, generating hundreds of good news stories and opinion columns.  Here's a selection of the best, including several written by FairTest or quoting us.

Chicago Teachers Say "No" to High-Stakes Testing
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-guisbond/chicago-teachers-say-no-t_b_1881366.html

Testing Reform in the News -- August 30 - September 10, 2012

A spate of excellent opinion columns in the past week.  In reaction to many journalists' queries about the Chicago teachers strike, we are explaining how this work stoppage fits into the growing national resistance to failed, top-down, test-driven educational policies.

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Testing Reform in the News -- August 22 - 29 , 2012

Several positive stories about resistance and assessment alternatives as well as more data about ongoing damage from the high-stakes testing fixation

Resistance to High-Stakes Testing Spreads -- District Administration Magazine Cover Story
    http://www.districtadministration.com/article/resistance-high-stakes-testing-spreads

Testing Reform in the News -- August 15-22, 2012

Lots of good articles in the past week about the still growing resistance to high-stakes testing as well as better ways to assess students, educators and schools. Remember to check out FairTest fact sheets on many of these topics available free online at http://www.fairtest.org -- you will find them very helpful for your advocacy work, letter writing, etc.

California Bill to Stop Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Clears Major Hurdle

Testing Reform in the News -- August 8 - 14, 2012

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Duncan Doubles Down on Failed Ed. Policy

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