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National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing in Spring 2021

for further information, contact:                      

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773                                         

            mobile  (239) 699-0468


FairTest’s 35th – What’s Next for Assessment Reform?

Friends and Allies:

Thirty-five years ago this weekend,  news stories across the nation reported, “The tens of millions of Americans who take standardized exams each year now have an organization to defend their rights.” FairTest, the National Center for Fair & Open Testing was launched at a news conference featuring civil rights, education reform, feminist, and student leadersduring the College Board’s annual meeting.

College Board Sued By Students, Fair-Testing Advocates For Access And Technology Failures On Computerized AP Exams

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing




Action Alert! Cancel ALL State K-12 Exams Now -- Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 16-24, 2020

Pressure from grassroots activists and a bipartisan group of policymakers has forced President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos to allow states to suspend federal standardized exam requirements in the wake of the coronavirus. To protect public school children, educators and their families, state leaders must now be pressed to:
  1) Apply immediately for waivers of federal assessment mandates by filing a formal request with the U.S. Department of Education to be relieved of Every Student Succeeds Act testing obligations; AND

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 22 - 28, 2020

FairTest is pleased to announce that well-known testing expert Akil Bello has joined our assessment reform team. He will enhance our capacity to win more victories in rolling back standardized testing misuse and overuse while promoting better forms of assessment. You can now reach Akil at akil@fairtest.org

National After Two Decades of Testing Obsession, Scant Progress in Ensuring Bright Prospects for All Students

Akil Bello joins FairTest as Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement; Bob Schaeffer is Interim Executive Director

for further information, contact

Bob Schaeffer 239 395-6773                              

or Akil Bello     917 771-0081


for immediate release, Thursday, January 23, 2020



Deb Meier on Winning Testing Reform Victories

Dear friend:

Schools are closed for the summer. But testing reformers are not taking a vacation.

FairTest needs your support today, so our movement can win more victories this fall.

The past year was the best everfor campaigns to replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with better forms of assessment.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 13 -19, 2019

Not surprisingly, the huge, national college admissions scandal -- with a major testing component -- dominated this week's education news.  The fact that so many other stories about standardized exams also appeared attests to the power of parents, educators and activists in making assessment reform a powerful issue.

Florida Students Get More Time for Test Prep, Not Learning

FairTest Reacts to the 2019 College Admissions Scandal

Between expensive test prep, pricey advisors, unethical, and, in this case, downright illegal behavior, ACT and SAT scores are easily “gamed” by those with financial means. To reduce the unfair advantage that people with abundant resources have in our test-reliant admissions system, FairTest leads the national movement for test-optional admissions policies. Today more than 1,000 colleges and universities have test-optional policies that evaluate an applicant's entire portfolio.

FairTest Joins MA Coalition to Fund Our Future

FairTest is part of a new Massachusetts coalition with a simple message: It's time for Governor Charlie Baker and the state legislature to make it their number one priority to reinvest $1.5 billion a year in public education, from pre-K through college, with the funding increase not attached to any additional testing.

Our public education system is a key part of what makes Massachusetts a great place to live and work. But testing overkill, combined with austerity school funding, has undermined our schools and our quality of life.

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