Fighting for Better Assessment

FairTest has been, and will continue to be, the go-to source in the fight against excessive reliance on standardized tests as the gatekeeper of higher education. The progress in college admissions will be undercut, however, if we fail to address the real barriers to quality education and good teaching. We must redouble our efforts to fight unnecessary testing that still pervades the public-school landscape.  Read about our strategic vision to promote authentic performance-based assessment in K-12 schooling and to fight standardized testing policies that undermine quality education and the access to such education by marginalized communities.

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The Misguided War on Test Optional

Akil Bello calls out the backlash against test optional policies in the New York Times for what it is–a misguided campaign to preserve the veneer …

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Innovative Educational Assessments that Support Deeper Learning

FairTest explores efforts at the state and local level to assess student learning in more educationally beneficial and equitable ways other than federally and state …

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Interpreting PISA Results: It’s Poverty, Stupid (With a Bit of the iPhone)

The results of PISA 2022 should, like all standardized test results, be filtered through a dose of skepticism about the claims of the test producers …

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Digging into Testing Policies

Takeaways: Test Optional is Real Getting admitted to college without a test score (and getting scholarships) is a realistic possiblility. There are colleges at every …

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FairTest Takes On College and High School Rankings In Washington Post

College rankings suffer from “methodological whimsy” that fails to value important elements of what makes a good school. But high school and K-8 U.S. News …

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What Should the Future of Assessment Look Like? And How Do We Get There?

FairTest Executive Director Harry Feder explains how K-12 education would benefit from moving away from standardized tests and toward more authentic assessments that are performance-based …

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