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Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 18 - 24, 2016

The grassroots assessment reform movement continues to score victories as more legislatures and policy-makers agree to roll back standardized exam overkill. To track progress over this spring's testing season, check out our news clip archives at http://fairtest.org/news/other -- you can find out how to get involved at: http://fairtest.org/building-stronger-more-effective-assessment-reform

Multiple States Snapshot of Spring Testing (and Opt-Out) Season
http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/opt-out-20-snapshot-spring-tes...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 11 - 17, 2016

With spring testing winding down in many schools after another trouble-filled season, parents, educators and community activists are pressuring policy makers to focus on overhauling state assessment systems using the increased flexibility possible under the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

National Congressional Leaders Urge Full Stakeholder Participation in ESSA Implementation
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/05/murray_scott_urge_b...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 4 - 10, 2016

Add Georgia to the list of states that have had to eliminate consequences attached to test scores because of the failure of computer-administered exams. Earlier this year, Alaska and Tennessee cancelled their tests as did Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota in 2015 -- more than two-thirds of all states have reported computer test SNAFUs: http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology.

Meanwhile, the grassroots assessment reform movement continues to push state and local policy-makers to rollback policies that mandate the overuse and misuse of standardized tests.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 27 - May 2, 2016

With news reports from fully half the 50 states, including the predictable collapse of yet another new, computerized exam administration system, it is clear that the assessment reform movement is spreading across the country as testing season peaks.

National NAEP Scores Show Decade of Test-Driven School "Reform" Produced No Academic Progress
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/03/what-the-...
National What New Federal Testing Rules Really Mean

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.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 20 - 26, 2016

What a week! A national poll concludes that a majority of parents are critical of standardized exam overkill; more minority parents, students and educators speak out against test misuse; yet another state's computerized testing system collapses; and the opt-out movement continues to grow in breadth and depth. No wonder more state and local education policy-makers are beginning to heed the message: "Enough is enough!"

National Most Parents Say "Too Much Emphasis on Standardized Testing," According to New Poll

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 13 - 19, 2016

With stories from more than 20 states, this week's news clips again demonstrate the growing reach, diversity, energy and effectiveness of the national assessment reform movement.

National Test Defenders Try to "Whitewash" Opt-Out Movement to Weaken Its Clout
http://thinkprogress.org/education/2016/04/11/3767723/forgotten-activist...

Multiple States Technical Problems Plague Computerized Testing

Computerized School Exam Problems In Two-Thirds Of States

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 6 - April 12, 2016

Moving into the peak weeks of the 2016 standardized exam season, the assessment reform movement continues to notch more victories as test-opt outs and other forms of protest accelerate in many states.

Multiple States Advocates Question Machine-Scoring of PARCC, Smarter Balanced Writing Samples
http://www.studentprivacymatters.org/our-letter-to-the-education-commiss...
Multiple States FairTest Chronology of Computerized Testing Problems Across the U.S.
http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 30 - April 5, 2016

Two big stories as testing season gets underway in many states -- the surging opt-out movement and the collapse of many states' computerized exam delivery systems -- both demonstrating the ongoing failure of politically driven test-and-punish policies.

National Why All Families Should Opt Out of High-Stakes Standardized Tests
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/04/03/diane-rav...
National Testing Time at Schools, Is There a Better Way

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