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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          

Stagnant Grade 12 NAEP Results Underscore Failure of Test-Driven Public Education

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Bob Schaeffer     (239) 395-6773

                                                               for immediate release May 7, 2014

Special Edition: Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 2 - 4, 2014

The 2014 round of standardized exam administration got underway in several states this week. As predicted by FairTest and our Testing Resistance & Reform Spring (TRRS) allies, opt-out campaigns and other forms of protest exploded in many communities. In just the past three days, we've seen so many great news clips that we could not wait until our normal Tuesday distribution date to circulate them nationally. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 19 - 25, 2014

Anyone who still believes that the resistance to testing misuse and overuse is confined to a few big cities and "liberal" activists, should click through this week's news clips. In fact, testing protests are spreading across "deep red" states" such as Alaska, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. And "conservative" commentators are speaking out against standardized exam overkill.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 26 - March 4, 2014

Last weekend's Network for Public Education conference in Austin provided another boost for the growing power of campaigns to overhaul school testing policies -- many plenaries and workshops addressed assessment issues.  This week's large batch of clips shows the breadth and depth of the movement. 

The Rising Tide of Opt Outs
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/03/opting_out_of_testing.html

New York Performance Standards Consortium Fact Sheet

Performance Assessments Succeed in New York

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

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 8 - 13, 2013

The movement to replace high-stakes standardized exams with better forms of assessment picks up even more steam with huge protest events, growing opt-out campaigns, and ever more evidence that test-and-punish status quo "reform" policies are an abject failure.

Chicago Educators Launch "Let Us Teach" Campaign Against Standardized Testing
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23598511-418/chicago-teachers-union-u...
Time to Dump Standardized Tests

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 31 - November 7, 2013

Another week of escalating assessment reform organizing and action around the country. Journalists, both local, regional and national, are hearing the movement's message and conveying it to even broader audiences!

New NAEP Scores Add to Evidence of Failed Test-and-Punish Policies
http://www.fairtest.org/fairtest-news-release-2013-naep-results-added-evid

What Happens When Parents Stand Up and Say "No" to Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/what-happens-when-parents-stand-and-sa...

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,

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