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Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 9 - 15, 2020

The test-and-punish crowd is already backing down in the face of a growing movement to suspend this year's standardized exams. They still want to mandate state and local tests (even though the federal government has cancelled its own National Assessment of Academic Progress because of health concerns) but now claim they do not want to attach consequences to the results.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 2 - 8, 2020

Across the U.S., parents and educators are rising up against politicians who insist on resuming in-person, standardized exams in the midst of a pandemic.  A huge, grassroots opt-out movement is likely to take off, if Spring 2021 testing mandates are not waived.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 25 - December 1, 2020

Today, FairTest is launching the "National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing in Spring 2021."  We know from public opinion polls and other research that a vast majority of parents and teachers think it is ridiculous to claim that you can get meaningful results from a standardized test in the

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 18 - 24, 2020

As the Biden presidential transition moves into high gear, a decision about waiving federal standardized exam requirements for spring 2021 looms as one of the first major issues for a new U.S. Secretary of Education to address. Simultaneously, pressure is building on states to waive their own K-12 and university admissions testing mandates. FairTest is working closely with parents, educators and community activists in these vital campaigns.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 11 - 17, 2020

More than 60% of public school parents support cancelling K-12 standardized exams scheduled for this spring.  Newly published survey data from the University of Southern California "Understanding America Study" show that sentiment for cancelling this academic year's required tests has been growing rapidly as the pandemic has shut down many classrooms. Opposition to administering standardized exams is consistent across all racial and income groups.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 4 - 10, 2020

The results of last week's landmark elections continue to reverberate across the country and around the world.  Federal education policy is likely to feel some of the most immediate impacts from Joe Biden's presidency.  Already educators, parents, and activists are mobilizing to ensure selection of a Secretary of Education who supports assessment reform and to pressure the Biden Administration to grant states testing waivers for

Testing Resistance & Reform News (October 28 - November 3, 2020)

School testing policy is among the issues whose future direction is being shaped as ballots are cast and counted.  A growing number of office-seekers advocate for replacing standardized exam misuse and overuse with assessments that support learning and teaching.  In other races, the differences among candidates may be more nuanced.  But, across the board, election results will strongly influence whether the test-and-punish status q

Testing Resistance & Reform News; October 21 - 27, 2020

FairTest at 35: What's Happening Now, What's Next for Assessment Reform?

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 14 - 20, 2020

More state and local education leaders are weighing in on the need to suspend standardized exam requirements for the current public school year.  A coordinated campaign to seek federal waivers and roll back high-stakes tests, at least for spring 2021, is likely to be launched soon after the upcoming election.  

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 7 - 13, 2020

Across the U.S., a strong movement is building among parents, teachers, school leaders and community activists to win an extension of standardized exam waivers at least through Spring 2021 and to press for a more extensive overhaul of testing requirements.  The last few weeks leading up to November 3 are an excellent time to let elected officials know that their constituents want two decades of testing overuse and misuse to be replaced with better forms of assessment that actually help improve learning and teaching.

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