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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 1 - August 7, 2013

With schools around the nation beginning to reopen, here's another spate of stories about test-score manipulation and the growing movement to reduce the emphasis on standardized exams.

Indiana School Grading Scandal: No Excuse for Bennett's Cheating
http://www.chestertontribune.com/Indiana%20News/guest_commentary_on_the_school_g.htm

Florida School Grades are Politically Manipulated Scam

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773
cell  (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Tuesday, July 16, 2013

FLORIDA SCHOOL GRADES ARE “POLITICALLY MANIPULATED SCAM”
ASSESSMENT REFORM LEADER CALLS FOR END OF
“FAILED EXPERIMENT IN BOGUS ACCOUNTABILITY”

The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

See FairTest short report on grassroots testing resistance in 8 states/districts based on interviews with activists, The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

 

We will post a more detailed report later this summer - so check back.

How High-Stakes Testing Feeds the School-to-Prison Pipeline Infographic


 

FairTest: Constituents Must Pressure Congress to Overhaul NCLB

FairTest: Constituents must pressure Congress to overhaul NCLB - Washington Post Answer Sheet column.

Read the column here. (PDF)

FairTest Press Release: Senate Education Bill Fails To Reverse "No Child Left Behind" Damage, Ignores Constituents

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill    (617) 477-9792
or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
                                       
for immediate release, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Assessment that Supports Education - Short Video on Mission Hill School

Assessment that Supports Education

Recently, Boston area students and teachers organized an excellent conference, “Creating the Schools We Deserve.” It focused on what schools should be like and how we can win them. The conversations made clear that most people have never had the privilege of experiencing the kind of life-affirming, engaging, supportive, and multicultural schooling we can see at Boston’s Mission Hill School.   

Building a Successful Assessment Reform Movement

Building a Successful Assessment Reform Movement -- A Three-Part Series by FairTest

 

FairTest staff analyze the growing resistance to high-stakes tests and propose steps toward growing a larger, more effective movement. Part I discusses the need for over-arching strategies to guide the work. Part II explains why we need to push for authentic assessments. And Part III offers specific tactics activists can employ.

FairTest submits testimony on accountability to House Education Committee

The US House of Representatives Education Committee held hearings on "accountability" May 7, 2013. FairTest submitted testimony opposing high-stakes testing and test-based accountability and supporting educationally sound approaches to assessment and accountability.

See the PDF of the testimony here.

 

 

FairTest Press Release: Widespread Computer Testing Not Ready for Primetime

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