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Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 17 - 23, 2021 -- Time to Opt Out!

     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. 

More Than Half of All U.S. Colleges and Universities Are Already ACT/SAT Optional for Fall 2022 Applicants

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 10 - 16, 2021

It's time to ratchet up pressure on federal and state officials to cancel K-12 standardized exams in spring 2021. Make sure that all your friends and allies have joined the 10,000+ parents, teachers and community leaders who have already signed the "National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing."  The petition will be delivered to Miguel Cardona, once he is confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Education:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 3 - 9, 2021

Push comes to shove as more states mount pressure on the U.S. Department of Education to allow waivers of spring 2021 standardized exam requirements. Parents, teachers, education administrators, school board members and community leaders need to keep the heat on their elected representatives to suspend both federal and state mandated tests for at least another year.  No test score is worth risking a single human life in the midst of a pandemic.

National U.S. Ed. Sec. Nominee Wavers on School Testing Waivers

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 27 - February 2, 2021

More than 1,000 individuals attended last week's, FairTest-sponsored "Town Hall on How and Why to Suspending High-Stakes Testing in Spring 2021" with Rep. Jamaal Bowman and many excellent assessment reform experts-- if you missed the event, the video is now online: 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 20- 26, 2021

Momentum is building to cancel high-stakes standardized exams scheduled for this spring.  Both Michigan and New York have begun the process of seeking federal testing waivers, with the latter explicitly admitting that exams "cannot be safely, equitably and fairly administered to all stude

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 13-19, 2021

As school testing season draws closer, parents, educators and state policy makers are ramping up demands on the incoming Biden Administration to waive this year's  exam mandates.  Add your voice and your organization's by signing on to the National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Standardized Tests in Spring 2021 at:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 6 - 12, 2021

State after state is moving to roll back standardized exam requirements for this spring and eliminate high-stakes consequences.  It's time for the federal government to follow suit by granting waivers from all public school testing mandates at least for spring 2021.  Remember to encourage friends and allies to sign on to the National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing for Spring 2021

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 30, 2020 - January 5, 2021

With the prospect of a new President and Secretary of Education, pressure is rapidly building on policy makers to waive public school standardized testing mandates at least for the current academic year.  The FairTest-initiated "National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing in Spring 2021" is a core element of this national campaign -- be sure you and your assessment reform allies have signed on:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 23 - 29, 2020

Two resolutions for assessment reformers to welcome the new year!
  Sign the "National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing" and encourage your friends to do so
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