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Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams

"Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams" lists what is happening with state high school exit exams: the shrinking number of states with them, ones that recently ended them or established a moratorium, states that awarded retroactive diplomas when they ended grad tests, states that lessened the weight or number of the tests, and states that plan to introduce graduation tests in the future.

UPDATED JUNE 2016

Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests

"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.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 15 - 21, 2016

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.

Action Alert! FairTest opposes US Education Department's harmful draft regulations on accountability

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 8 - 14, 2016

Another week of standardized exam foul-ups leads more states to de-emphasize test scores or, at least, question their assessment policies. Check out FairTest's chronology of computerized testing problems at:
http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology

Alaska State Seeks Federal Testing Waiver After Computer Exam Failed
http://www.newsminer.com/news/education/state-seeks-standardized-testing...

California State at Odds with Feds Over School Rating Proposals

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 1 - 7, 2016

Testing controversies continue to produce major news stories across the nation as the grassroots assessment reform movement presses to roll back the pervasive overuse and misuse of standardized exams.

National Draft Federal Regulation Try to Continue Test-and-Punish Policies Under ESSA
https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/federally-mandated-test-and...

California More than Half of Students Opt-Out of Tests at Two Schools

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 25 - 31, 2016

Many states are beginning to review their assessment and accountability systems to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Input from grassroots stakeholders -- particularly parents, educators and community leaders -- can help determine whether the revised policies help improve learning and teaching or simply put a different gloss on failed test-and-punish systems.

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.

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