Executive Director Harry Feder Interviewed by The Educator’s Room

In the interview, Feder emphasizes the importance of building and supporting the education professionals on the ground, not monitoring them.

FairTest would like the collective lesson we learn from Covid is that students don’t need more tests; they need teachers supporting them. But, the collective takeaway from the NAEP data could just as easily cause panic about learning loss and rush people towards testing as a solution.

“My fear is that there are a lot of forces out there pushing for the wrong lesson to be learned,” Feder admits. “It is the job of FairTest and other organizations to make sure the right lesson is learned: resources need to be put into teaching and education, not evaluation and assessment.”