Fighting for Assessment Reform under ESSA

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It replaces the widely despised “No Child Left Behind.” The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

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

Obama Admin. Enhanced Assessment Grants Called “Far Too Little And Way Too Late” For Testing Reformers

for further information:   

Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792                                                             

Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773


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.

Action Alert! FairTest opposes US Education Department's harmful draft regulations on accountability

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 25 - 31, 2016

Many states are beginning to review their assessment and accountability systems to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Input from grassroots stakeholders -- particularly parents, educators and community leaders -- can help determine whether the revised policies help improve learning and teaching or simply put a different gloss on failed test-and-punish systems.

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.

Computerized School Exam Problems In Two-Thirds Of States

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

                   cell (239) 699-0468


Resist the Tests 2016

Welcome! This page lists standardized test resistance, refusal and reform actions and events by state. These include opting out, public forums and meetings, rallies, news conferences, legislative action days, and more.

If you have an action or event to share, let us know at and we will post it here.

You can use the hashtags #resistthetests and #optout2016 to post your actions on Facebook and Twitter.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 10 - 16, 2016

Lots of stories this week demonstrating the impact of opting out and other effective protests against standardized exam overkill. Please continue to support the testing resistance and reform movement through your own grassroots work and by making a contribution to FairTest at: 


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