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Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 10 - 16, 2014

Are these weekly summaries of assessment reform news, views and tools helpful for your advocacy work?

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Thanks for all you do !!

2015 Will Be "Crunch Time" for New Common Core Assessments

Deb Meier's Holiday Wish

December 10, 2014

What State Legislators Can Do to Advance Assessment Reform

Across the nation, resistance to test overuse and misuse reached unprecedented levels in spring 2014. The rapidly growing movement built on significant test opposition unleashed in 2013. This year, resistance erupted in more states with far more participants, and it won notable victories.

The first wave of tangible “wins” included many significant steps forward. In the past two years:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 3 - 9, 2014

FairTest provides these weekly summaries of news clips and other resources as a tool to build the national assessment reform movement. We encourage parents, educators, students, administrators, community organizers, researchers and other allies to draw on the positive initiatives described in these links as models for their own local campaigns.

If you have similar materials to share, please send them to us for possible inclusion in future editions.

Some States Rush to Tie Common Core Tests to Graduation

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 26 - December 2, 2014

On this "Giving Tuesday," our gift to you is another set of stories and resources about the rapidly growing national assessment reform movement.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 19 - 25, 2014

As you give thanks over the upcoming holiday, please join FairTest in our gratitude for the thousands of parents, teachers, students, administrators, community activists, school board members, researchers and commentators who are standing up to protect our children from standardized testing misuse and overuse.  Here are a few of their recent stories. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 12 - 18, 2014

Want more proof that the assessment reform movement is exploding across the nation?  Check out this week's stories from 22 (!) states along with several great commentaries.

As always, let FairTest know how we can help you keep the heat on at the grassroots.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 5 - 11, 2014

Though election results dominated media coverage for several days, the assessment reform movement continued to accelerate across the nation, producing front-page news in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times and other major outlets.  

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 29 - November 4, 2014

It's Election Day, and public school testing policy is a hot issue in many races. After you vote, check out the latest news from across the country -- this week's update includes stories from 20 states and several analyses of the testing resistance and reform movement's growing national impact!

The Rise of the Testing Resistance
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/30/the-rise-...

National Education, Civil Rights Groups Offer "New Framework" for Accountability

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement: A FairTest Report

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement, based on interviews with dozens of activists, provides insights on how they built rapidly growing, successful campaigns.

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