The National Center for Fair & Open Testing

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial.

Learn more about us and our mission.


See the new FairTest Power Point on how to organize testing resistance and reform under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Weak prediction, biases, and sensitivity to coaching unchanged; 50+ schools adopt test-optional policies since revisions announcement

[Updated May 9, 2016] Across the U.S., more than 675,000 public school students refused to take standardized exams during 2015, according to an updated FairTest tally. Even broader protests are taking place during the 2016 testing season.

Congress has passed the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). This bill is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the universally despised “No Child Left Behind.”  The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

See National Merit’s previously secret state-by-state cut-off scores and a table showing SAT scores by family income. . .

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education by eating up classroom time, narrowing curriculum and driving many students out of school. “Opting out,” or refusing to take government-mandated standardized tests, is a powerful way to protest this educational malpractice. Click here for the full fact sheet.