Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 15- 21, 2014

Top national policy-makers finally took notice of the growing testing resistance and reform movement this week.  The Council of Chief State School Officers (aka state superintendents) and the Council of the Great City Schools (urban supers) published a report admitting that standardized exam overkill was rampant across the country.  In response, both U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama issued statements of concern.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 8 - 14, 2014

As the national testing resistance and reform movement rapidly accelerates, FairTest proposes a  moratorium on all high-stakes exams to allow time to overhaul assessment at the federal, state and local levels.  Check out the plan and incorporate it in your grassroots advocacy!

Time for a National Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing: How It Would Work
See FairTest Fact Sheet "Time For a Real Testing Moratorium"

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Resistance to the overuse and misuse of standardized tests is expanding rapidly across the nation (Guisbond, 2014). The movement’s goals are to roll back testing overkill, eliminate damaging high stakes, and create an assessment system that supports teaching and learning while providing useful information to parents, communities and states. Some states have responded to the uprising by temporarily pausing some sanctions for teachers and schools.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 1 - 7, 2014

This week's assessment reform news comes from 15 states and Washington, DC, plus a large number of strong commentaries.

Note, in particular, the trend of jurisdictions, including California, Kentucky, Ohio and New York City, beginning to back away from total reliance on test scores to evaluate schools.  And, remember to check out FairTest's new report -- Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave (

California's New Local Control and Accountability Plans (see figures 8 and 9)

2014 SAT Score Trend Remains Flat; Test-Fixated School Policies Have Not Improved College Readiness

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
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for immediate release Wednesday, October 7, 2014

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 24 - September 30, 2014

In this week's stories, all key public education stakeholder constituencies -- parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, community activists, and the general public -- add their voices to the ever louder call for assessment reform. Too many politicians, however, give little but lip service to the movement's demands while continuing to double down on failed test-and-punish policies. The Atlanta and Philadelphia standardized exam cheating scandals are reminders of one kind of ugly fallout from this obsession

“Atlanta is the Tip of an Iceberg” -- New Count Shows Widespread Test Score Corruption in 39 States And D.C.

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
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for immediate release, Monday, September 29, 2014


60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing

60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing: Manipulating High-Stakes Exam Scores for Political Gain

Drawn from government and media reports by FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
updated -- September 2014



(2009 - 2014)

In the past five years cheating cases have been documented in 39 states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Department of Defense schools, according to government and news media reports compiled by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Jurisdictions with schools whose unlikely score gains were flagged by the Atlanta Journal Constitution or USA Today statistical analyses are not included unless there is additional evidence to confirm the listing:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 17 - 23, 2014

Another incredible week for the assessment reform movement -- school boards adopting strong resolutions calling for a suspension of high-stakes testing, candidates speaking out against standardized overkill, new Congressional legislation to reduce federal mandates and many excellent commentaries at the same time parents, teachers and community organizers continue to speak out!  Keep the heat on.

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