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Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 21 - 24, 2015

The testing resistance continues to expand rapidly across the U.S. with assessment reform news updates from two dozen states in just the past four days. 

Arizona Senate Takes Up Bill Establishing Opt-Out Procedures
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/03/23/arizona-bill-let-parents-opt-standardized-test/70322302/

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 18 - 20, 2015

Normally, FairTest sends out these news clips summaries once a week, early each Tuesday afternoon. With school standardized exam season now in full gear, however, the flow of stories about testing resistance and reform actions is accelerating rapidly. This special edition  -- with updates from more than half the 50 states over just three days -- reports on the first, too-modest steps by policy makers across the U.S. to respond to the growing grassroots pressure for assessment reform. 

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement: A FairTest Report

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement, based on interviews with dozens of activists, provides insights on how they built rapidly growing, successful campaigns.

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Teacher Evaluation Should Not Rest on Student Test Scores (Revised 2014)

To win federal Race to the Top grants or waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), most states adopted teacher and principal evaluation systems based heavily on student test scores. Many educators have resisted these unproven policies. Researchers from Massachusetts and Chicago-area universities and more than 1,550 New York State principals signed statements against such practices. Chicago teachers struck over this issue, among others.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 20 - 26, 2014

If the issues were not so serious, watching test-and-punish advocates backpedal in the face of the rapidly growing testing resistance movement would be great entertainment. From U.S.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 29 - June 3, 2014

Another week of accelerating protests against high-stakes testing. If you find these news summaries useful for your assessment reform work, please contribute to help FairTest http://tinyurl.com/supportfairtest as suggested by Michelle Fine in her acceptance speech at last week's "Heroes in Education" awards presentation          

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 18 - 24, 2013

Though schools across the nation are closed for winter vacation, there's been no let up in news and commentary about resistance to testing overuse and misuse.

To keep the pressure on in 2014, please include FairTest in your year-end giving.  Click on http://fairtest.org/donate or mail your check to P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Thank you -- and best wishes for a joyous holiday week!  In the spirit of the season, the first clip is a version of how the standardized testing Grinch stole Xmas

How the Dirth Stole Learning

FairTest News Release on 2013 NAEP Results, Added Evidence of NCLB Failure

for further information:                                                                 
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                           

Monty Neill's oral testimony to NY Senate hearings on testing

October 24, 2013
Senator John J. Flanagan, Chair
Committee on Education

RE: The Regents Reform Agenda: "Assessing" Our Progress Oral Testimony

Dear Chairman Flanagan and Members of the Committee:

Thank you. My name is Monty Neill and I am Executive Director of FairTest, the National
Center for Fair & Open Testing, headquartered in Boston. We are the nation’s sole organization
focused on assessment reform. We address a range of issues, including standardized test quality,

Common Core Assessment Myths and Realities: Moratorium Needed From More Tests, Costs, Stress

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