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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 19 - 25, 2020

Election Season 2020 is well underway -- November 3

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 12 -18, 2020

With more public schools planning to re-open in the next few weeks, either on-line or in-person, the debate over whether students should face mandatory standardized exams in the coming year is escalating.  Make sure your local elected officials know where you stand.  K-12 education policymakers should follow the lead of higher education -- almost 65% of colleges and universities have already eliminated ACT/SAT test requirements for fall 2021 applicants with many more in the pipeline

National Why Bother Academic Testing in 2021?

Three-Fifths of Four-Year Colleges and Universities Are Test-Optional for Fall 2021 Admission; Total of Schools Not Requiring ACT/SAT Exceeds 1,450

 

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 5 - 11, 2020

The debate over whether students, teachers, and schools should face annual testing mandates -- if classrooms reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic -- is escalating.  At both the federal and state levels, policymakers need to hear from their constituents -- particularly public education stakeholders -- about the need to continue standardized exam waivers for at least another year.  Colleges and graduate schools continue to provide

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 29 - August 5, 2020

In the midst of an uncontrolled pandemic, it makes no sense to force schools to administer standardized exam to K-12 students or college applicants.  You can help give FairTest the muscle to continue leading effective, campaigns for public school test suspensions and ACT/SAT-optional admissions policies.  Contribute today to keep winning assessment reform victories!  Click

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

The test-and-punish customary suspects are circling the wagons in an attempt to pre-empt widespread waivers of standardized exam mandates for the upcoming school year (if and when it begins).

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 15 - 21, 2020

As schools plan to re-open this fall or winter, at least in some form, two states, Georgia and Michigan, have already requested waivers from federal testing requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Make sure your state becomes part of the rapidly growing assessment reform movement -- contact FairTest for model proposals and strategic guidance.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 8 - 14, 2020

Two steps forward, one step back.  At the same time assessment reform activists are pressing to have standardized exams waived for the upcoming school year -- if classes even resume this fall -- the test-and-punish crowd is pushing to restore previous requirements  .  .  .  and then some! 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 1 - 7, 2020

The movement to suspend standardized testing requirements at least for the 2020-2021 academic year is growing rapidly at both the K-12 and college admissions levels.  Now is the time for activists to seize the opportunity created by COVID-19 school closures to press for lasting assessment reforms.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 24 - 30, 2020

Building on recent successes (no K-12 standardized exams this past spring and 1,250 colleges now ACT/SAT-optional), activists  -- often with FairTest assistance and materials -- are turning their attention to extending testing suspensions for at least another year. To help win more victories, please support FairTest's assessment reform leadership -- including these weekly updates -- by making as generous as possible a contribution today.  Either click here:

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