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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Beware of NAEP Test Score Spin

Today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released state-by-state test scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  Comparing 2022 scores with pre-COVID numbers …

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The Meaning of NACAC: What the College Admissions Process Tells Us About Assessment

A few weeks ago, I attended my first ever NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counseling) Conference in Houston.  It was a massive three-day affair …

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SAT Test-Taking Drops by 21%; ACT Continues Slide

2022 data shows signification drops as students respond to college policies and opt out of test taking.

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Assessment for Equity and Excellence

Throughout my teaching career in New York City public schools, I considered myself extraordinarily lucky.  As a social studies teacher at Urban Academy and The …

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Data From Public Colleges

Data showing the impact of test optional policies is often found in public college’s Board of Trustees or Faculty senate meeting documents. These reports are …

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New Digital SAT is Marketing Ploy

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