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President-Elect Barack Obama on No Child Left Behind

During the presidential campaign, FairTest paid close attention to the candidates whenever they addressed No Child Left Behind. It will be some time before President-Elect Barack Obama takes action that will flesh out the mostly vague statements he made while campaigning, and even longer before anything specific happens with the federal education law. In the meantime, here is a compilation of his comments on NCLB from his web site and the campaign trail.

New FairTest Fact Sheets

FairTest has produced two new fact sheets: "Confronting
the Myths of No Child Left Behind
" link and "The Proper Use of
End-of-Course Exams in Determining High School Graduation.
" Link Both
are available on the FairTest website and can be used by testing reform
advocates either as is or by adapting them to their local situation or

FairTest's testimony on graduation tests to the Maryland Board of Ed.

FairTest's Monty Neill presented invited testimony on graduation tests and alternatives to the Maryland Board of Education. The letter also appears attached at the bottom as a formatted PDF:


October 21, 2008

James DeGraffenreidt, Chair
Members of the State Board of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Copies sent by regular mail and e-mail

Dear Chairman DeGraffenreidt and Members of the Maryland Board of Education,

FairTest on College Board's New "READISTEP" Test

      for further information, contact

Jesse Mermell (857) 350-8207                                               
Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell (239) 699-0468

for immediate release Wednesday, October 22, 2008

FairTest Has Moved

As of Wednesday, October 1, 2008 the new address of FairTest is 

15 Court Square, Suite 820
Boston, MA 02108

NEW PHONE: (857) 350-8207
NEW FAX: (857)350-8209

email and web information will remain the same!


for further information, contact

Jesse Mermell    (857) 350-8207
Robert Schaeffer    (239) 395-6773
cell    (239) 699-0468

for immediate release Monday, September 22, 2008

What the Presidential Candidates are saying about NCLB

The Presidential Candidates on NCLB – Update, October 2008

With just two months until the presidential election, the Democratic and Republican parties have had their respective conventions and produced party platforms, which gives us an opportunity to see if the candidates are saying anything new about NCLB. The short answer is, nothing very specific. Independent candidate Ralph Nader, on the other hand, specifically calls for the law’s repeal. Libertarian Bob Barr and other candidates have also weighed in on the law since our last update in June.

FairTest Article on NCLB in AFSC journal Peacework

FairTest Article on NCLB in AFSC journal Peacework:

 The September issue of Peacework focues on education activism, providing a rich set of resources for parents, educators, students and other activists. FairTest's Monty Neill's lead article focuses on overhauling federal law (at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/beyond-no-child-left-behind). Issue contents are summarized below. You can read all the articles on the web at http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/.

SAT Scores 2008 Release

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer: (239) 395-6773
cell: (239) 699-0468

for use with annual SAT score release -- 11am EDT Tuesday, August 26, 2008


The SAT is losing market-share as a college admissions test.

FairTest: What to Look for in the 2008 SAT Score Report

for further information:

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

for immediate release, Thursday, August 21, 2008

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