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.
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.
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
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,