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Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 17 - 23, 2015

Several more states are on the verge of passing opt-out bills as evidence mounts that the current era of testing overkill has undermined educational quality and equity.

U.S. Urge Your Congressperson to Cosponsor Federal Opt-Out Bill
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2382ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2382ih.pdf

Multiple States Common Core Test-Maker Responds to Botched Exams in Montana, Nevada and North Dakota
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/aa9db8e6894d4ecea32415630b5...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 10 - 16, 2015

With the school year ending around the nation, the assessment resistance and reform movement is focusing its energies on Congress and state legislatures to end policies encouraging test overuses and misuses, which that opt-out activists and their allies have exposed.

U.S. Congress May Take Up "No Child" Overhaul in June -- Contact Your Senators Today!
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

National Opt-Out Movement is Gaining Momentum

Video of Karen Lewis at FairTest event

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, delivered a thoughtful and passionate talk to FairTest and our guests on receiving her Hero in Education award on June 4. She traces the links between testing and the social inequalities it perpetuates. View the 5-minute video here. https://youtu.be/mL6F7JCzOQ4

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 3 - June 9, 2015

With stories from more than half of the 50 states, this week's news clips show the expanding breadth, depth and clout of the assessment resistance and reform movement. You can help strengthen support for grassroots activism by making contributing to the campaign for Less Testing, More Learning
      https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairtest

National "We Now Know That Students Cannot Be Tested Out of Poverty"

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 27 - June 2, 2015

Across the U.S., there has been no let up in grassroots pressure for meaningful assessment reforms at both the national, state and district levels as the final month of the public school year gets underway.

National Time for Civil Rights Establishment to Rethink Its Position on Annual Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2015/05/annual_accountabil...
Support Senator Tester's Amendment to End Federal Standardized Testing Overkill

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 20 - 26, 2015

More victories for the assessment reform movement this week as activists move into the policy and electoral arenas: the PARCC consortium votes to reduce testing time; Florida suspends high-stakes for end-of-course exams; Colorado's governor signs compromise legislation, Wisconsin blocks test-based teacher assessment, and New Yorkers elect many allies to school boards.

National Keep Grassroots Pressure on U.S. Senate to Roll Back Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres
Federal Opt-Out Bill Filed in Congress

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 13 - 19, 2015

The end of the 2014-2015 school year is drawing near, but the movement to roll back standardized exam overkill has not slowed for a moment. Both in Washington DC and in dozens of state capitals the pressure from grassroots testing reformers is forcing policymakers to debate proposals to reduce testing overuse, eliminate some high-stakes consequences and stop penalizing students who opt out.  At the same time, the volume of commentaries supporting real assessment reform is growing rapidly.

U.S. Write Your Senators to Support Less Testing, No More High-Stakes

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 6 - 12, 2015

As standardized exam season winds down, heavy pressure from the grassroots testing resistance movement is posting multiple policy reform victories. Just this week, Texas essentially eliminated graduation testing requirements for most high school seniors. Backed by a powerful movement of parents and educators, the Colorado legislature overwhelmingly voted to send the governor a package that cuts state-mandated testing hours by more than 30%, supports parental out-out rights, and allows districts to pilot alternative assessments.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 29 - May 5, 2015

During the final weeks of the spring 2015 standardized exam season, the testing resistance and reform movement is surging across the nation.  Record opt-out drives, state legislation to reduce testing overuse and roll back misuses, and Congressional action overhauling "No Child Left Behind," are all in this week's spotlight.

National Standardized Testing Backlash: More Parents Pull Kids From Exams as Protest
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/0430/Standardized-test-backl...

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