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Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 19 - 25, 2022

It may be a frigid mid-winter in many parts of the country, but testing controversies are heating up.  Increasingly, news stories are questioning the assumptions behind failed, test-driven "reform" strategies.  Grassroots advocates for genuine assessment reform should press local education reporters to follow suit by devoting more coverage to the issue.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 12 -18, 2021

Earlier this month, Lani Guinier, a ground-breaking assessment reform thought leader, passed away from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 29, 2021 - January 11, 2022

Happy New Year!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 15 - 28, 2021

Yes, we did say that these updates would take a several-week break for the holidays.  But there has been so much great assessment reform news in both K-12 and university admissions that we decided to blast out this special edition! 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 8 - 14, 2021

More states are recognizing that results from federally mandated spring 2021 standardized exams have little educational value. That's why a growing number are not using those scores to grade or rank schools this semester. Several are already proposing to suspend future "accountability" requirements based on the flawed data. Since that will require waivers from the U.S. Department of Education, look for big political fights between state policy makers and Washington, D.C. in 2022.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 1 - 7, 2021

 Federal law requiring states to identify schools for intervention based primarily on standardized exam results never made good sense for many reasons (https://www.fairtest.org/whats-wrong-standardized-tests

Testing Resistance & Reform News for Giving Tuesday: November 24 - 30, 2021

The release date for this week's regular assessment reform news update falls on Giving Tuesday, a national opportunity for generous donors like you to provide much-needed funding for the non-profit causes they support. "Testing Resistance & Reform News" is a great example of the advocacy tools contributors to FairTest make possible.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 17 - 23, 2021

As a national day of thanksgiving approaches, the FairTest team extends our gratitude to all the educators, grassroots activists, community leaders and donors who are building a broad, diverse and effective assessment reform movement. More victories will not be possible without your continuing support!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 10 - 16, 2021

Many policymakers remain fixated on trying to figure out the meaning of spring 2021 standardized exam scores rather than focusing on meeting the academic and non-academic COVID-era needs of school children. A reminder that FairTest has supplied a comprehensive list of questions to ask about the value of the entire testing enterprise:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 3 - 9, 2021

The pandemic has accelerated a growing national recognition that standardized tests are both a poor way to measure academic progress and a contributor to social inequality.  In higher education, where academic leaders rely on evidence and institutional missions to determine policy, emphasis on the ACT/SAT and GRE to make admissions decisions has been cut back significantly.  In the K-12 arena, however, politics and ideology are keeping failed policies in place.  Assessment reformers -- including teachers, parents and community activists --need to ratchet up the political pres

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