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New Tool to Combat College Board/ETS Testing Screw Ups

Were you or a child you work with one of the thousands of examinees who experienced access issues, scoring problems, administrative issues, trouble receiving accommodations or using them, or concerns about the use of your data or test security on standardized exams sponsored by College Board or Educational Testing Service (ETS)?

Now, you have a new tool to seek justice and compensation.

Two-thirds of all U.S. colleges and universities are test-optional or test-blind for fall 2021 applicants

for further information, contact:                      

Bob Schaeffer(239) 395-6773                                         

            mobile  (239) 699-0468

 

States Must Apply for Federal Testing Waivers; Eliminate All Other Testing Requirements

Pressure from grassroots activists and a bipartisan group of policymakers has forced President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos to allow states to suspend federal standardized exam requirements in the wake of the coronavirus. But to completely eliminate Spring 2020 testing, state leaders must
  1) file formal requests with the U.S. Department of Education to be relieved of Every Student Succeeds Act testing mandates for this year, and
  2) lift all requirements for state-required testing by legislative action to amend state laws or by executive order

Global SAT Subject Test Security Breach; Scores Compromised

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Time to Learn Survey: Impact of Testing on Teaching and Learning

FairTest worked with the National Coalition of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) Time on Learning Committee to develop a survey that teacher unions can use with their members to expose the consequences of high-stakes testing. It can be adapted for use by parent, student and community groups.

The survey is available at https://www.jotform.com/form-templates/2017-time-to-learn-survey.

FairTest Tells Maryland Legislators to Cap Testing Time

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 452

 

MARYLAND SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

ROBERT A. SCHAEFFER, PUBLIC EDUCATION DIRECTOR

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAIR & OPEN TESTING (FAIRTEST)

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

Just Say No to Standardized Tests: Why and How to Opt Out (Updated February 2021)

      The Biden Administration's decision to require the administration of federally mandated standardized exams this year contradicts the judgement of parents, educators, and community leaders.  At least 10 states had already prepared test waiver requests, both major teacher unions oppose the exams, and polls showed that a majority of parents wanted tests suspended.

Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams (Updated MAY 2019)

Graduation Test Update:
States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams

(Updated May 2019)

The number of states requiring high school graduation exams in language arts and math has declined rapidly over the past few years. Only eleven states have graduation tests in place for the high school class of 2020, down from a high of 27 that had or planned such tests. The current number is the lowest level since at least the mid-1990s.

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:

Back-To-School Report Tallies 2016 Testing Reform Victories

for further information:                                                                
Lisa Guisbond (617) 959-2371
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

For release Wednesday, September 8, 2016

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