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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 23 - 29, 2017

You can tell that a new school year is beginning across the U.S. by the surge in testing-related coverage -- this week's clips include news from 20 states as well as national overviews. FairTest is especially pleased that so many stories and columns include strong criticisms of standardized exam misuse and overuse, reflecting a growing consensus for assessment reform that is also revealed in recent public opinion polls. 

WASHINGTON POST: Beyond test scores: The right way to assess students and schools, by Monty Neill

 

 

WASHINGTON POST: The list of test-optional colleges and universities keeps growing — despite College Board’s latest jab

 

The KSU SENTINAL: Opinion: Multiple choice tests are unfair and inaccurate

August 21st, 2017 Chandler Smith

Multiple-choice tests are an unfair and inaccurate way to test how much students have learned.

Students sometimes spend hours preparing for a test, placing emphasis on the wrong material, only to realize once the test is in front of them that they studied for all the wrong things. This can happen when the professor places a higher emphasis on the lectures than the reading material, or vice versa, when students expect the opposite.

NBC NEWS: Does the SAT Still Matter If Nearly 1,000 Colleges Are Test-Optional?

by Susan Donaldson James

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 16-22, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of parents, students, educators and community leaders across the U.S. play important roles in the growing assessment reform movement.  This fall, FairTest will celebrate two national leaders in the struggle against high-stakes testing and for educational justice: Schott Foundation President John H. Jackson and Mass. Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 9 -15, 2017

A broad range of voices -- from parents and teachers to scholars and researchers to legislators and governors -- continue to speak out against testing overuse and misuse. As the assessment reform movement grows, it has an ever-increasing impact on public policy, particularly at the district and state level.

Arkansas State to End "Gotcha" School Grades
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/aug/13/gotcha-grades-out-for-schools-...

Colorado Feds Criticize Proposal to Ignore Test Opt-Outs in State ESSA Plan

Please Join FairTest in Honoring John H. Jackson and Barbara Madeloni

PLEASE JOIN FAIRTEST IN HONORING

John H. Jackson and Barbara Madeloni

PRESENTATION OF

THE DEBORAH W. MEIER “HERO IN EDUCATION” AWARD

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:45 – 8:30 PM

First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 2 - 8 , 2017

This week's many stories of K-12 assessment reform progress through state ESSA plans and school districts slashing standardized exam requirements are offset by examples of ongoing testing overkill.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 26 - August 1, 2017

Disputes between states and the U.S. Department of Education over Every Student Succeeds Act testing and score reporting requirements under state are accelerating.  Assessment reformers are seeking inclusion of provisions that fulfill the new law's promised flexibility without federal micromanagement. In jurisdictions still working on compliance plans, there are still opportunities to press for fewer standardized exams and a reduction of high-stakes.  

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