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Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 20 -26, 2020

What a week! 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 13 - 19, 2020

While nearly all this spring's K-12 exams were cancelled by coronavirus-driven school closures, there's still lots of action in the university admissions assessment reform arena.  In particularly, the University of California Regents are about to vote on a proposal to phase out use of the ACT and SAT at that system's nine undergraduate campuses, and the rollout of on-line Advanced Placement exams has been plagued by technical SNAFUs that the tests' sponsor should have foreseen. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 6 -12, 2020

With the peak of the current coronavirus pandemic arguably behind us in much of the U.S., policymakers are beginning to discuss what should happen when the nation's-public schools and colleges are allowed to re-open.  Not surprisingly, the role of standardized exam scores in post-COVID-19 education is a key question.  Parents, teachers and reform advocates should make the case for continuing the current suspension of high-stakes tests at least through the next academic year, while better forms of assessment are deployed.  Now is the time to take advantage of letters to th

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 29 - May 5, 2020 -- Giving TuesdayNow Edition

May 5, 2020, is Giving TuesdayNow, a day specially designated for supporting non-profit organizations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. FairTest has responded to these unprecedented challenges by providing resources to grassroots activists who successfully campaigned to eliminate this spring's federal and state public school testing mandates and spearheading the test-optional admissions movement, which has seen another 100+ colleges and universities drop ACT/SAT requirements.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 22 - 28

 

More assessment reform progress to report as additional states and colleges eliminate their high-stakes testing requirements.  Most significantly, a growing number of institutions are beginning to consider whether they need to reinstate these barriers to equity and educational quality after coronavirus disruptions have ended.  Parents, students, educators and their allies should pressure policymakers to use this time -- when so many other activities are suspended -- to rethink educational assessment and accountability.

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

With  this Spring's federal and state testing mandates suspended, now is the time for local activists, educators and community leaders to begin developing campaigns to roll back standardized exam requirements for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.  Already, many colleges and universities have announced that they will implement ACT/SAT-optional policies for fall 2021 applicants and, often, future classes.  K-12 policymakers should be pressured to follow suit.

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

Following the lead of the federal government, which approved all requests for 2020 waivers from tests required under the Every Student Succeeds Act, many states have suspended their own mandates for exams (mis-)used for graduation, grade promotion, teacher evaluation and the like. If your state has not already done so, make sure that ALL testing requirements for 2020 are cancelled by contacting your governor, board of education and legislators.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 1 - 7, 2020

Pressure from parents, educators and community leaders has now forced policy makers in all 50 states to apply for and receive waivers from federal testing requirements. But some jurisdictions still need to act to suspend their own standardized exam mandates for high school exit exams, grade promotion, teacher evaluation and similar (mis-)uses.   If any standardized tests are still required in your state this spring, tell your elected officials, allies, and the news media to cancel them ASAP! -- feel free to contact FairTest for help.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 25 - 31, 2020

Most states have now sought waivers from federal testing requirements, which the U.S. Department of Education quickly granted, but several holdouts still need grassroots pressure to lift this burden from students, parents and families  In addition, many states have not yet taken action to suspend their own testing mandates (e.g.

Action Alert! Cancel ALL State K-12 Exams Now -- Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 16-24, 2020

Pressure from grassroots activists and a bipartisan group of policymakers has forced President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos to allow states to suspend federal standardized exam requirements in the wake of the coronavirus. To protect public school children, educators and their families, state leaders must now be pressed to:
  1) Apply immediately for waivers of federal assessment mandates by filing a formal request with the U.S. Department of Education to be relieved of Every Student Succeeds Act testing obligations; AND

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