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Large Florida School District Votes to "Opt Out" of Standardized Exam Mandates.

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773
                                                        
for immediate release Thursday, August 28, 2014

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 20 - 26, 2014

If the issues were not so serious, watching test-and-punish advocates backpedal in the face of the rapidly growing testing resistance movement would be great entertainment. From U.S.

Fairtest’s Reaction to Proposal To Postpone Test-Based Teacher Ratings

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill     (617) 477-9792                                                                  
or Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

FairTest News Release: Stagnant ACT Scores show Failure of Test Driven Policies

for further information:                                                                  
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell  (239) 699-0468
 

for use with annual ACT scores on or after Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 13 - 19, 2014

Across the U.S., students are returning to classrooms where even more time will be devoted to standardized exam preparation and administration. Over the summer, some districts developed hundreds of new tests to comply with mandates from federal and state politicians who are still not listening to their constituents (http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/collier-must-create-more-than-7...).  Not surprisingly, the escalating testing frenzy is additional motivation for the nation's growing assessment reform movement.

Colorado Opt-Out Movement Grows

Pearson's History of Testing Problems

compiled by Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
Updated August 14, 2014
(Click here to download a PDF of this list)

1998 California – test score delivery delayed

1999-2000 Arizona – 12,000 tests misgraded due to flawed answer key

2000 Florida – test score delivery delayed resulting in $4 million fine

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 6 - 12, 2014

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates as back-to-school season begins. Note the geographic breadth of the rapidly growing high-stakes testing resistance with stories from 17 states and the District of Columbia just this week. There are also several very good commentaries.

Remaking Accountability in California: Moving Beyond Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/08/remaking_accountabi...

The Failure of Washington, DC Test-Driven "Reform"

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 30 - August 4, 2014

This week's mid-summer torrent of stories shows how testing overkill and assessment reform have become significant issues of public -- and political -- debate.

More Testing Won't Reform Connecticut Schools
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/op_ed/hc-op-fresh-talk-carroll-consi...

DC School's Own Test Results Demonstrate Failure of Exam-Driven Ed. "Reform"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/05/if-this-i...

Forum on Educational Accountability's Recomendations for Improving Federal Assessment Law

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 23 - 29, 2014

As summer winds down toward back-to-school season, there is ever more media coverage of the growing testing resistance and reform movement. At the same time, a pattern of reaction is emerging from the "stay the course" and "(testing) business as usual" camp.

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