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

Cutbacks in the number of standardized tests . . . elimination of high-stakes exam requirements . . .  implementation of performance assessments  -- across the U.S., assessment reformers are winning major policy victories and promoting alternatives that advance better teaching and learning.

Colorado Students Take Advantage of Multiple Pathways to High School Graduation

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

Anyone who believes that test-and-punish policies are primarily about "reforming" education, not a mix of politics and ideology, should read this week's news clips.  In the K-12 arena, many assessment requirements are faith-based, rather than evidence-driven.  Fortunately, colleges and universities, where data and mission still guide decisions, continue to lead the way beyond reliance on standardized exam scores.

Arizona Governor's Inaccurate Statements About Test Scores Advance Ideological Agenda

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

Growing grassroots assessment reform pressure is forcing policy makers in many states to review -- and in many cases roll back -- high-stakes testing requirements.  Top priorities include eliminating graduation exam mandates, de-linking teacher evaluations from student scores, and overhauling test-based school grading systems.  Watch this space for announcements of more victories!

Florida Solving the Standardized Testing Conundrum

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 29 - February 4, 2020

As grassroots pressure forces more and more policy makers to recognize the failure of test-driven "school reform," there's a sharp uptick in the number of jurisdictions rolling back standardized exam requirements.  Parents, educators, and other activists need to keep the heat on their elected representative to eliminate test overuse and misuse.

National The "Education Reform" Movement Has Failed America

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

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



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

Most 2020 state legislative sessions are now underway.  Let your representatives know that it's time to roll back standardized exam mandates to the federal minimum and stop test score misuses for grade promotion, high school graduation, district rankings, teacher bonuses and the like. This is an election year, so public officials are paying particular attention to voters' concerns!

Arizona School Grades Don't Tell the Whole Story

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

With 2020 state legislative sessions getting underway in many states, it's the right time for educators, community leaders and grassroots activists to press their representatives to roll back testing misuse and overuse.  Check out the assessment reform policy initiatives already in play in several jurisdictions in this week's news clips.

National Bernie Sanders and Mike Pence Opposed "No Child Left Behind" for Very Different Reasons

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 25, 2019 - January 7, 2019

Welcome to the first weekly issue of FairTest's "Testing Resistance & Reform News" of 2020!  Our new year's resolution is to increase coverage of initiatives, trends and tools that help parents, students, educators, community leaders and policy makers replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with better forms of assessment.  Please send us links to articles and materials you think would be useful for allies by replying to this message.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 18 -24, 2019

Seasons Greetings!   No matter how you celebrate the end-of-year holidays, the FairTest team wishes you joy for the final days of 2019 and best wishes for a happy, successful new year with less testing and more learning.

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