As fallout from November 8 continues to settle, activists across the nation are already pressing newly elected legislators to reduce testing volume, eliminate high-stakes standardized exams, and promote better forms of assessment.
The November 8 tidal wave swamped most other news, but a number of testing-related stories and commentaries still appeared over the past week. Perversely, the ugly election results may create new opportunities for assessment reform victories at the local, state, and even federal levels.
This Election Day, education issues are not center stage for most top-of-the-ticket candidates. But down ballot, teachers, parents and community have put testing policies into play in many state and local races. And, grassroots activists know that, whatever voters decide today, the assessment reform movement will continue to pressure elected officials for fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes test misuse, and support for better assessments.
Overhauling Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning:
New Opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates valuable opportunities to replace standardized tests with performance assessments. These can promote the engagement, creativity and critical thinking skills that have been stifled by teaching to standardized tests.
From New York to California and Alaska to Florida, here's this week's news from around the U.S. about the surging grassroots assessment reform. Remember that friends and allies can sign up for these free updates at http://fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup
The national wave of opposition to test misuse and overuse continues to swell even as media attention focuses on the closing days of election season. All winning candidates will have to pay heed to the rising tide of grassroots pressure for many fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes testing and support for better assessments.
With stories from 20 states, this week's news clips demonstrate the growing breadth and depth of the national movement fighting for fewer standardized tests, no high-stakes exams and better assessments. You can have friends and allies sign up for these updates at: http://fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup