Write Congress to demand less testing, an end to high stakes.

Your voice can help make a difference! Use this letter to urge your Senators and Representative in the U.S. Congress to support a reduction in standardized testing to once each in elementary, middle and high schools, while ending punitive sanctions. The House and Senate education committees plan to start re-writing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as NCLB) by mid-February. You can strengthen your message by adding your own comments, such as your and your children’s personal experiences with overtesting.

Thank you.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 21 - 27, 2015

Demonstrating another surge of support for assessment reform as the Spring 2015 testing season nears, this week's stories about the movement against standardized exam overuse and misuse come from more than 40% of the 50 states. The news is reinforced by several excellent analytic pieces and opinion columns (back issues of these weekly updates are archived at:

FEA Recommendations for ESEA on Assessment, Accountability and School Improvement, Jan. 2015

Forum on Educational Accountability

Recommendations for Improving Federal Law - January 2015

Widespread SAT Cheating Continues in Asia

for further information:

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773


for immediate release Thursday, January 22, 2015

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 14 - 20, 2015

Responding to pressure by the grassroots assessment reform movement (check out this week's stories from 22 states!), Congress finally takes up overhauling "No Child Left Behind" this month.

Now is the time to make your voice heard by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representative to support a significant reduction in federal testing requirements.

Student Testing: When Is Enough Enough?

FairTest Statement on Federal Standardized Exam Mandates

for further information:

Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                     

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Independent Test Results Show NCLB Fails

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was signed into law in 2002, the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Its provisions, such as testing grades 3-8 annually in reading and math and punitive sanctions, took effect over the next several years. The law is seven years overdue for reauthorization by Congress, but this year both the House and Senate are showing renewed interest in voting for a new version.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 7 - 13, 2015

As the national fight to end standardized exam overkill escalates nationally and victories continue to mount, FairTest was saddened to learn of the death of Mary Barr, a leader of the Learning Record, a pioneering model for high-quality assessment that does not rely on test scores (

Testing Reformers React to Sec. Duncan's Call for "No Child" Revamp

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                    
Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773


for use with Secretary Arne Duncan Seaton Elementary Speech, Monday, January 12, 2015

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015

Happy New Year from FairTest !

After the major, initial successes of 2014 (see for details), all signs point to 2015 being a breakthrough year for the assessment reform movement.

Please continue to send us your stories to share nationally.

2014: Greatest Year of Revolt Against High Stakes Testing . . . And a Prelude to 2015

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