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Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 13 - 19, 2015

The end of the 2014-2015 school year is drawing near, but the movement to roll back standardized exam overkill has not slowed for a moment. Both in Washington DC and in dozens of state capitals the pressure from grassroots testing reformers is forcing policymakers to debate proposals to reduce testing overuse, eliminate some high-stakes consequences and stop penalizing students who opt out.  At the same time, the volume of commentaries supporting real assessment reform is growing rapidly.

U.S. Write Your Senators to Support Less Testing, No More High-Stakes

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 6 - 12, 2015

As standardized exam season winds down, heavy pressure from the grassroots testing resistance movement is posting multiple policy reform victories. Just this week, Texas essentially eliminated graduation testing requirements for most high school seniors. Backed by a powerful movement of parents and educators, the Colorado legislature overwhelmingly voted to send the governor a package that cuts state-mandated testing hours by more than 30%, supports parental out-out rights, and allows districts to pilot alternative assessments.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 29 - May 5, 2015

During the final weeks of the spring 2015 standardized exam season, the testing resistance and reform movement is surging across the nation.  Record opt-out drives, state legislation to reduce testing overuse and roll back misuses, and Congressional action overhauling "No Child Left Behind," are all in this week's spotlight.

National Standardized Testing Backlash: More Parents Pull Kids From Exams as Protest
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/0430/Standardized-test-backl...

New Survey Shows Record Number Of Colleges And Universities Dropped ACT/SAT Exam Score Requirements In Past Year

for further information:                                                                
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
                   cell (239) 699-0468

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 22 - 28, 2015

Great to meet so many of you at the Education Writers Association and Network for Public Education conferences in Chicago last week and to hear how useful these news-and-tools updates are for your work!  It was rewarding to learn how many readers forward the clips to local list serves, post them on Facebook (they also go up on our page https://www.facebook.com/FairTest), and Tweet them to other activists.

FairTest Reacts to Ongoing Computer-Administered Testing Problems: Exams Crashed in 9 States in April

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
                   cell (239) 699-0468

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 18 - 21, 2015

This week's update is being sent from the Education Writers Association National Seminar where hundreds of reporters, editors and columnists are talking about the opt-out movement and other forms of testing resistance as well as proposals for real assessment reform at the local, state and national levels.

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Nationally Amid Common Core Testing
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/opt-movement-accelerates-amid-c...
Parents All Over U.S. Opting Out of Standardized Exams

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 15 - 17, 2015

We've pulled together this special edition of our usually-weekly newsclips because of three huge stories that broke in the past several days. 

-  In New York, more than 173,000 students opted out of the first wave of state testing, at least tripling last year's boycott level. 

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Lessons of APS scandal: Overuse, misuse of testing fuels cheating

April 7, 2015    

Robert Schaeffer is public education director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (Fair Test).

He wrote this piece for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

By Robert Schaeffer

The sad story of educators caught manipulating standardized exam scores

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 8 - 14, 2015

Today is huge for assessment reform with the U.S. Senate education committee starting markup of legislation to overhaul "No Child Left Behind," tens of thousands of students planning to opt-out of the first day of standardized exams in New York State, and sentencing scheduled in the Atlanta cheating case that has focused attention on damage from the fixation on test scores.

Here's a sampling of just one week's news from across the nation. Please continue sending us your clips and let us know if FairTest can help your local campaigns in any way

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