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High-Stakes Testing Resistance Spreads Across Nation

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773

 

for immediate release, Tuesday, June 26, 2012

HIGH-STAKES TESTING RESISTANCE SPREADS ACROSS NATION;
RESOLUTIONS, BOYCOTTS, OPT-OUTS SHOW INCREASED PUBLIC OPPOSITION
TO FAILED “TEST-AND-PUNISH” SCHOOL POLICIES

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Education Week

June 11, 2012 (on line) and June 13 (print), 2012
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By Lisa Guisbond

Video: FairTest Honors Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award, June 5, 2012.

See video footage: FairTest Honors Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award, June 5, 2012.
 

Test Reformers Force Cancellation of "Rich Kids SAT"

FairTest, in collaboration with independent counselor Elizabeth Stone, generated such strong public pressure that the College Board was forced to withdraw its plan to offer a unique, mid-summer SAT only for students enrolled in a special program at Amherst College which costs $4,500. See the story here.

Fair Testing Advocates Urge College Board: Cancel Special “Rich Kids SAT”

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773
Elizabeth Stone   (650) 579-6180

for use after 10:30am EDT, Monday, June 4, 2012

FAIR TESTING ADVOCATES URGE COLLEGE BOARD: CANCEL SPECIAL, AUGUST 3 “RICH KIDS SAT”

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) and independent counselor Dr. Elizabeth Stone, who exposed a controversial plan to administer an official SAT exam on August 3 only to students enrolled in a $4,500 program, today called on the College Board to cancel that test.

Testing Resistance and Reform News: Regular posts of significant stories.

Testing Reform in the News is a regular compilation of significant stories about testing, assessment reform, and the growing resistance to high-stakes testing. On an ongoing basis, typically weekly, FairTest will post a set of links to these stories.

See the posts here.

FairTest Protests Special Mid-Summer SAT Limited to "Rich Kids"

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773
Elizabeth Stone   (650) 579-6180

for immediate release, Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What's Wrong With Standardized Tests?

Are standardized tests fair and helpful evaluation tools?

Not really. On standardized exams, all test takers answer the same questions under the same conditions, usually in multiple-choice format. Such tests reward quick answers to superficial questions. They do not measure the ability to think deeply or creatively in any field. Their use encourages a narrowed curriculum, outdated methods of instruction, and harmful practices such as grade retention and tracking.

Are standardized tests objective?

National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing - Sign Now!

FairTest, 12 other organizations, and prominent individuals have drafted the following a national Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. We call organizations and individuals to endorse it. We also encourage people to write letters and get organizations to endorse it; here are some tools you can use.

FairTest's Letter on High Stakes Testing to the Equity Commission

March 27, 2012

The Equity and Excellence Commission:

Dear Members of the Commission: The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) is concerned about the damage done to educational equity and excellence by the use of high-stakes testing. Among the widely documented problems are:

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