Model Legislation

A Partnership to Create Model Legislation

FairTest has partnered with the National Education Association (NEA) to develop model legislation and regulations to limit testing beyond federal requirements, mitigate the harm from testing and support educationally beneficial, valid and reliable assessments.


The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities a cross the United States.

This proposal, drafted and backed by educators, requires all districts to conduct comprehensive surveys of current testing practices.Oregon Testing Audit

The “Too Young to Test” bill prevents the Illinois State Board of Education from testing students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. Learn more

Grade retention decisions based on a single high stakes instrument is invalid and unreliable. This Ohio bill repeals such usage.

Georgia repealed using high stakes exams for determining diploma eligibility. Georgia Graduation Test Repeal.

Colorado enacted an audit of its school accountability system to gauge its actual effectiveness in promoting student learning and fostering school improvement. Colorado Performance Audit