FairTest, 12 other organizations, and prominent individuals have drafted the following a national Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. We call organizations and individuals to endorse it. We also encourage people to write letters and get organizations to endorse it; here are some tools you can use.
The following principles are drawn from the report of the Expert Panel on Assessment of the Forum on Educational Accountability and represent a launching point from which conference discussions on what is necessary to construct high-quality assessment and accountability systems may begin.
1. Ensure all students have equitable and adequate access to the resources needed to succeed.
2. Construct comprehensive and coherent systems of state and local assessments of student learning that:
Attributes of a School to Assess in a Review by Ron Berger
Scope: Adequacy for All Purposes
Physical Condition and Repair
Cleanliness; Care of the Building
Display of Student Work and Achievement in the Building
Level of Student Respect for the Physical Facilities