Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill

Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill

This report describes how states can overhaul their assessment systems under the Innovative Assessment pilot program in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  It shows policymakers how to:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 15 - 21, 2016

With public schools closing for the summer, many states are reviewing their 2015-2016 testing experience (once again, not a pretty picture) and planning to implement assessment reforms in coming years.  You can help stop the U.S. Department of Education from promoting testing misuse and overuse by weighing in on proposed Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.

How to Organize Testing Resistance and Reform under ESSA - PowerPoint

FairTest has created a PowerPoint presentation on how to organize testing resistance and reform under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

You can view it in pdf here.

Just Say No to the Test

Just Say No to the Test

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education by eating up classroom time, narrowing curriculum and driving many students out of school. It is perpetuating a false narrative of failure and putting schools in low-income communities at risk of closure or privatization.

Guide to organizing by Jeanette Deutermann

See this guide to organizing by Jeanette Deutermann, leader of the hugely successful Long Island Opt Out.

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 as suggested by Michelle Fine in her acceptance speech at last week's "Heroes in Education" awards presentation          

Organizing: Strategic Resources, Reports, Analyses

Organizing: Strategic Resources, Reports, Analyses 

This page includes FairTest discussions of testing reform organizing and links to supporting materials on high-stakes testing and authentic assessment.

New York Performance Standards Consortium Fact Sheet

New York Performance Standards Consortium

(Updated October, 2016)

Performance-based assessment works well for all students, but its success with the most vulnerable students is what makes the outcomes of the New York Performance Standards Consortiumso impressive.The Consortium now includes 38 public, non-charter high schools, 36 in New York City.

FairTest News Release on Public Letter about Standardized Testing by 120+ Children's Authors & Illustrators

for further information:                                                                 
Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer    (239) 395-6773

Public Letter on Standardized Testing from Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Youth

October 22, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama,

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