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

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.


Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 22 - 28, 2014

An explosive week for the testing resistance and reform movement. Nationally, pressure is mounting on President Obama, Secretary Duncan and members of Congress to cut back on federal mandates which help drive standardized exam insanity.  At the same time, grassroots campaigns are forcing local officials to overhaul the testing policies they control -- today's summary includes stories from 19 states as well as several excellent commentaries.

Revolt Against Common Core Testing Goes National

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 15- 21, 2014

Top national policy-makers finally took notice of the growing testing resistance and reform movement this week.  The Council of Chief State School Officers (aka state superintendents) and the Council of the Great City Schools (urban supers) published a report admitting that standardized exam overkill was rampant across the country.  In response, both U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama issued statements of concern.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 8 - 14, 2014

As the national testing resistance and reform movement rapidly accelerates, FairTest proposes a  moratorium on all high-stakes exams to allow time to overhaul assessment at the federal, state and local levels.  Check out the plan and incorporate it in your grassroots advocacy!

Time for a National Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing: How It Would Work
See FairTest Fact Sheet "Time For a Real Testing Moratorium"

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Resistance to the overuse and misuse of standardized tests is expanding rapidly across the nation (Guisbond, 2014). The movement’s goals are to roll back testing overkill, eliminate damaging high stakes, and create an assessment system that supports teaching and learning while providing useful information to parents, communities and states. Some states have responded to the uprising by temporarily pausing some sanctions for teachers and schools.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 1 - 7, 2014

This week's assessment reform news comes from 15 states and Washington, DC, plus a large number of strong commentaries.

Note, in particular, the trend of jurisdictions, including California, Kentucky, Ohio and New York City, beginning to back away from total reliance on test scores to evaluate schools.  And, remember to check out FairTest's new report -- Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave (

California's New Local Control and Accountability Plans (see figures 8 and 9)

2014 SAT Score Trend Remains Flat; Test-Fixated School Policies Have Not Improved College Readiness

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for immediate release Wednesday, October 7, 2014

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