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Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 5 - 11, 2018

Key components of the test-and-punish agenda continue to collapse from their inherent weaknesses combined with strong pushback from parents, educators and community leaders.  This week's stories show policy makers in many states responding to the flaws of "A to F" school grades, test-score-driven teacher evaluations, and high school graduation exams by implementing new policies that move toward broader forms of assessment.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 28 -December 4, 2018

November's sweeping electoral victories for teachers and programs that advance public education have encouraged assessment reformers across the U.S. to push back against new test-and-punish initiatives and reverse current misuses of standardized exams. FairTest believes 2019 will be a year of major victories in the movement for assessment policies that support better teaching and more learning.  Watch this space for new developments!

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 21 - 27, 2018

Today is Giving Tuesday.  If you find these weekly summaries of assessment reform news stories helpful, we hope you will include FairTest among the groups you support with year-end donations.  You can contribute here --  https://donatenow.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 14 - 20, 2018

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all!   FairTest is especially thankful for all the grassroots activists and policymakers who have won so many assessment reform victories in 2018.
 
You can help the movement to end testing misuse and overuse become even stronger by making your "Giving Tuesday" donation to FairTest during this holiday week.
 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 7 - 13, 2018

Last week's sweeping electoral changes mean that new leaders should be more receptive to assessment reform initiatives in many jurisdictions. Contact FairTest for assistance in running your winning grassroots campaign!

Florida If Anyone is to Blame for Low Test Scores, It's the State Legislature

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 31 - November 6, 2018

You don't need another reminder that it is Election Day.  But, do remember that your vote can boost candidates who support genuine assessment reforms, not another layer of counter-productive test-and-punish schemes.  If you want to change policies, you have to change the policy makers!

National What Education Wonks Will Be Watching for in Election Results

“Beyond The GRE” Campaign And “GREXIT” Web List Seek To Downplay Tests In Graduate School Admissions

for further information:
Sandra L. Petersen, PhD  413 545-1808           
or Bob Schaeffer (FairTest)  239 395-6773

 

for immediate release, Thursday, November 1, 2018

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 24 - 30, 2018

Grassroots pressure to overhaul testing intensifies as the mid-term elections draw near.  Be prepared to start meeting with newly elected policy-makers to educate them about your agenda before the year-end holidays.

FairTest Reacts to the 2018 SAT Scores & Score Charts

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 17 - 23, 2018

Election Day 2018 is only two weeks away.  There's still time to identify and support candidates who will promote assessments that advance deeper learning and stronger teaching, not impose counter-productive test-and-punish policies.  Remember: if you want to change bad policies, you have to change policy makers!

National Vote Against Narrow-Minded School "Reformers" Who Promote Test-and-Punish Policies

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