The grassroots assessment reform movement has refused to take a "summer break." Across the country, parents, educators and community activists are pressing policymakers to take advantage of the increased testing flexibility allowed under the new federal education law. Already, many states have responded by cutting back standardized exam requirements. Where change is not taking place fast enough, organizers are building stronger opt-out campaigns for the 2016-2017 school year.
National Common Core Standards and Tests Cost Billions, Hurt Students
Pressure is growing on the U.S. Department of Education to withdraw punitive draft regulations for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. At the same time, many states and districts are pursuing the assessment flexibility encouraged by the new federal law.
Grassroots pressure is leading many states and districts to re-evaluate their standardized testing requirements and start developing alternative, performance-based assessments, often seeking to use new flexibility under the recently adopted federal education law. Keep the heat on!
Though school is out for the summer and the long, holiday weekend slowed coverage, there's still plenty of assessment reform news. Please add your voice at the Save Our Schools rally, march and conference in Washington DC at the end of this week
A number of states are already moving to take advantage of the flexibility to overhaul assessments included in the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act. But proposed U.S. Department of Education regulations could inhibit reforms that help improve learning and learning. If you have not weighed in already, now is the time to submit a comment -- it's easy; just click on the first link below
National Act Now to Block Federal Regulations That Could Reimpose Failed Test-and-Punish Policies
"Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests" explains in two pages how and why mandated high school exit tests damage students and the quality of education. These tests deny diplomas to tens of thousands of students, disproportionately children of color, immigrants or youth with special needs; they do not improve college or career prospects but feed the school-to-prison pipeline; new Common Core tests are likely to increase the dropout rate; and more.
With public schools closing for the summer, many states are reviewing their 2015-2016 testing experience (once again, not a pretty picture) and planning to implement assessment reforms in coming years. You can help stop the U.S. Department of Education from promoting testing misuse and overuse by weighing in on proposed Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.