Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 8 - 14, 2019

With Washington's recent repeal of its graduation testing mandate, only eleven states still have exit exams. That's the lowest number in decades!  Check out FairTest's freshly updated fact sheet to see why so many jurisdictions have eliminated these counter-productive requirements  -- -- and use these arguments if your state still has a grad test.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 1 - 7, 2019

Lots of progress this week in reducing (or eliminating!) the role of standardized tests in teacher evaluation plus huge opt-outs in New York and more test-optional admissions policy adoptions.  The grassroots assessment reform movement continues to grow -- and win -- across the U.S.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 24 - April 30, 2019

From opting out of tests to demonstrating at state capitals to implementing new polices, the assessment reform movement is winning more victories from coast to coast.  Check out the latest examples of the damage done by standardized exam overkill along with tools developed by effective campaigns for better alternatives in this week's clips.  Your friends and allies can sign up for this free service at:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 17 - 23, 2019

How much more evidence do some policy-makers and their big-money donors need before they admit that high-stakes testing driven education "reform" is a failure?  This week's news clips provide more ammunition for activists fighting to replace standardized exam overkill with assessments that help improve learning and teaching -- as you will see, meaningful victories are increasingly common.

National Mismatch Between New Science Tests and Many States' Science Requirements

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 10 - 16, 2019

Testing reform stories from 20 states in just the past week demonstrate the breadth and depth of the movement to replace high-stakes, standardized exams with better forms of assessment.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 3 - 9, 2019

As annual school tests get underway in more states, the pace of assessment reform action -- from opting out to pressing for legislation to roll back testing overkill -- continues to escalate.  Add in the fallout from the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal plus renewed interest in overhauling teacher licensing exam requirements and it's not surprising that the resources on

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 27 - April 2, 2019

This is peak testing season for both public schools and college admissions, making it nearly impossible to keep up with all the news. is seeing a sharp spike in visitors looking for information about opting out from state-mandated K-12 standardized exams (http://www.f

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 20 - 26, 2019

The still-unfolding college admissions scandal continues to dominate testing-related news, and FairTest is at the center of many stories.  At the same time, coverage of a steady stream of K-12 assessment reform initiatives demonstrates the growing strength of the grassroots movement dedicated to ending standardized exam misuse and overuse.  Fallout from reliance on flawed tests to select and evaluate teachers is a major theme in many of this week's clips.

National It's Up to Betsy Devos as States Seek to Revise ESSA Plans

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 13 -19, 2019

Not surprisingly, the huge, national college admissions scandal -- with a major testing component -- dominated this week's education news.  The fact that so many other stories about standardized exams also appeared attests to the power of parents, educators and activists in making assessment reform a powerful issue.

Florida Students Get More Time for Test Prep, Not Learning

FairTest Reacts to the 2019 College Admissions Scandal

Between expensive test prep, pricey advisors, unethical, and, in this case, downright illegal behavior, ACT and SAT scores are easily “gamed” by those with financial means. To reduce the unfair advantage that people with abundant resources have in our test-reliant admissions system, FairTest leads the national movement for test-optional admissions policies. Today more than 1,000 colleges and universities have test-optional policies that evaluate an applicant's entire portfolio.

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