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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 15 - August 21, 2013

FairTest's newsblasts are designed to help keep activists and journalists up to date about the status of the testing resistance and reform movement while also providing resources and models for effective organizing.  Please let us know the email addresses of any colleagues who would benefit from these weekly updates.

New Gallup Poll Shows Americans "Fed Up" With Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-press-release-new-poll-shows-americans-fe

FairTest Press Release: New Poll Shows "Americans Fed Up with School-Test Overkill"

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773
                   cell  (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 1 - August 7, 2013

With schools around the nation beginning to reopen, here's another spate of stories about test-score manipulation and the growing movement to reduce the emphasis on standardized exams.

Indiana School Grading Scandal: No Excuse for Bennett's Cheating
http://www.chestertontribune.com/Indiana%20News/guest_commentary_on_the_school_g.htm

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 25 - 31, 2013

Over the summer, there's been a sharp increase in investigative reports about the companies that make standardized exams, the fraudulent school grades derived from them, and the collateral damage from testing overkill. All of this will be valuable ammunition to escalate assessment reform campaigns when school resumes as soon as next week in some parts of the south and west.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 18 - 24, 2013

How much more evidence do policy makers need before they recognize that test-and-punish policies have failed? Learning gains have stagnated, progress toward closing the "achievement gap" has stalled, and their constituents increasingly reject the strategy. Even some of their strongest newspaper editorial page allies -- including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times -- are saying that it is time to look at alternative approaches.  Enough is enough!

Major National Survey Finds Parents Strongly Oppose Standardized Testing Misuse and Overuse

The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

See FairTest short report on grassroots testing resistance in 8 states/districts based on interviews with activists, The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

 

We will post a more detailed report later this summer - so check back.

How High-Stakes Testing Feeds the School-to-Prison Pipeline Infographic


 

FairTest: Constituents Must Pressure Congress to Overhaul NCLB

FairTest: Constituents must pressure Congress to overhaul NCLB - Washington Post Answer Sheet column.

Read the column here. (PDF)

FairTest Press Release: Senate Education Bill Fails To Reverse "No Child Left Behind" Damage, Ignores Constituents

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill    (617) 477-9792
or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
                                       
for immediate release, Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Assessment that Supports Education - Short Video on Mission Hill School

Assessment that Supports Education

Recently, Boston area students and teachers organized an excellent conference, “Creating the Schools We Deserve.” It focused on what schools should be like and how we can win them. The conversations made clear that most people have never had the privilege of experiencing the kind of life-affirming, engaging, supportive, and multicultural schooling we can see at Boston’s Mission Hill School.   

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