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Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 1 - 7, 2017

From California to Massachusetts and Florida to Minnesota, the assessment reform movement is gaining steam. Many of this week's stories highlight the ways grassroots mobilizing by parents, educators and community activists is pressuring policymakers to reduce testing volume and eliminate high-stakes standardized exams. Check out FairTest's organizing guide for more helpful resources:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 22 - 28, 2017

You can tell that testing season is on the horizon when there's assessment reform news from more than a third of the states in just one week.  You can connect to other local activists by using the resources at:
http://fairtest.org/get_involved

Alabama Future of ACT Aspire Testing in Limbo
http://www.decaturdaily.com/news/local/act-aspire-s-future-in-limbo/arti...

California State Studies Ways to Improve Measures of School Climate

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 15 - 21, 2017

Pressure is rising in state after state to reduce standardized exam overkill, end high-stakes and support better assessment measures. The beginning of testing season is a great opportunity to increase attention to the issue. Parents, students, educators, and community leaders should make sure that their elected representatives know of the strong support for real testing reform.

Colorado Governor Supports End to High School PARCC Testing
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/02/13/proposed-bill-that-has-gove...

FairTest Tells Maryland Legislators to Cap Testing Time

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 452

 

MARYLAND SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

ROBERT A. SCHAEFFER, PUBLIC EDUCATION DIRECTOR

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAIR & OPEN TESTING (FAIRTEST)

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 8 - 14, 2017

The pace of both testing resistance and assessment reform is definitely quickening as the late winter/early spring 2017 standardized exam season draws nearer. Great to see so many policy makers questioning the fundamental role and value of current volumes of testing and the stakes attached to them.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 1 - 7, 2017

Check out all the assessment reform activity in state legislatures as national polling shows strong public support for reducing testing overkill

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 25 - 31, 2017

With the 2017 K-12 school testing season beginning soon in some jurisdictions, FairTest has released several new and updated fact sheets to help assessment reform activists organize resistance to standardized exam overuse and misuse. At the same time, many state legislatures are considering proposals to reduce testing overkill. 

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated March 2017)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) authorizes states to allow parents to opt their children out of exams if a state or district allows it.  Eight states already have laws allowing opt outs.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 18 - 24, 2017

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates with legislatures back in session and annual school testing drawing near. Many states are beginning to use their new flexibility under ESSA as parents, students, teachers, supervisors, school board members and community activists push for major reductions in standardized exam mandates.

National States Balance Ambitious and Achievable in ESSA Plans
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/01/18/states-balance-ambitious-an...

Just Say No to Standardized Tests: Why and How to Opt Out (Updated March 2017)

Just Say No to Standardized Tests:

Why and How to Opt Out

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education. It eats up classroom time, narrows curriculum and drives many students out of school. It perpetuates a false narrative of failure and puts schools in low-income communities at risk of closure or privatization.

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