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FairTest to Honor Diane Ravitch with the Deborah W. Meier Hero in Education Award

Date and Time: Tuesday, 5 June, 6:00-830 p.m.

Place: Julia Richman Educational Complex, 317 East 67th St., New York City

January 2012 FairTest Examiner Newsletter Online now

The January 2012 FairTest Newsletter is avaiable online now.


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NCLB’s Lost Decade Report


NCLB’s Lost Decade for Educational Progress:
What Can We Learn from this Policy Failure?

By Lisa Guisbond with Monty Neill and Bob Schaeffer
January 2012

The federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law failed badly in terms of its own goals, leading to a decade of educational stagnation, according to FairTest’s report marking NCLB’s tenth anniversary.

Among the report’s major findings:

Thank You from FairTest

As the winter holidays near, all of us at FairTest extend our warmest thanks to everyone working for fair, open and educational sound testing at the local, state and national levels.

We especially appreciate the generous year-end donations so many of you have made in response to Diane Ravitch's special appeal on our behalf.

A Message from Diane Ravitch

December 13, 2011

A slide show of basic facts about Duncan's AYP waiver plan and the Senate HELP bill reauthorizing ESEA

IS AYP Dead? A Webinar.
The National Education Association and the Forum on Educational Accountability produced a webinar on November 29, 2011 for NEA members about waivers and the Senate HELP Committee reauthorization of ESEA. The webinar presented descriptive, factual information to the participants; it contains little analysis or comment. This version has a few additional or modified slides created by FairTest after the webinar was broadcast.

Summary and Critique of Key Provisions in Harkin-Enzi ESEA/NCLB Reauthorization Bill of October 2011

Summary and Critique of Key Provisions in Harkin-Enzi ESEA/NCLB
Reauthorization Bill of October 2011

FairTest review, analysis – summary and critique notes, October 16, 2011

Contacting your Senators to recommend changes to NCLB

Contacting your Senators to recommend changes to NCLB:

You can reach your members of Congress or the Committees by fax, phone, email or regular mail.

A fax is the best way to contact Senators, if you can, since it arrives immediately and you can provide a bit of detail (but keep it to a page, two at most). You can fax the Democrat majority of the HELP committee directly at 202-224-5128, and you can fax the Republicans at 202-224-6510.

FairTest Under Attack! -- How You Can Help

As the assessment reform movement grows ever stronger - with many more students opting out of exams and dozens of additional colleges dropping ACT/SAT requirements - knee-jerk defenders of the test-crazy status quo have launched a nasty counter-attack focused on FairTest.

Opting Out

Just Say No to the Test

“Opting out” of testing is a powerful way to resist No Child Left Behind and the way standardized testing distorts and corrupts K-12 classrooms. Growing numbers of parents, teachers and students are questioning the value of federal, state and district testing, saying they want to exercise the right to opt out, boycott or refuse.

FairTest and allied organizations like United Opt Out have information and materials you can use to refuse the tests and help build the movement to end high-stakes testing.

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