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TEST-OPTIONAL COLLEGES LIST SOARS PAST 775

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Jesse Mermell    (857) 350-8207
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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

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


SAT LOSING MARKET SHARE TO TEST-OPTIONAL COLLEGES AND ACT;
EXAM’S BIASES AND WEAK PREDICTIVE VALIDITY REDUCE ITS POPULARITY

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

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

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for immediate release, Thursday, August 21, 2008

ACT Scores Reaction -- A Different Test, Not a Better One

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National Center for Fair & Open Testing

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for use with annual ACT score release -- 12:01am Wednesday, August 13, 2008

THE ACT, A DIFFERENT COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST

BUT NOT NECESSARILY A BETTER ONE

Video: "FairTest: You Can't Judge Learning with a Standardized Test"

MA MCAS and Assessment Subcommittee Sees Urgent Need for MCAS Overhaul

The Readiness Project subcommittee charged with reviewing MCAS and assessment expressed an urgent need for substantive change to the current system. To underscore this sense of urgency, the subcommittee’s consensus report echoes Brown v. Board of Education, saying, “In order to move toward important new educational goals, MCAS – as the ‘system’ it was originally intended to be – must evolve significantly and that evolution must begin with deliberate speed.”

Findings

FairTest Reacts to the "New" SAT Validity Studies

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Robert Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
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for use after College Board June 17, 2008 news conference on “new” SAT validity

Testimony of Lisa Guisbond to the PA Senate Ed. Committee

Testimony of Lisa Guisbond, Policy Analyst for the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

Senate Education Committee Hearing on Proposed Graduation Competency Assessments
Pennsylvania General Assembly

May 14, 2008

Since its creation in 1985 by leaders of major civil rights, education reform and student advocacy organizations, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing, Inc. (FairTest) has closely monitored the impact of state-mandated exit exams on both equity and educational quality.

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