Graduation Test Update: States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams (Updated June 2017)

Graduation Test Update:

States That Recently Eliminated or Scaled Back High School Exit Exams

The number of states requiring high school graduation exams in language arts and math has significantly shrunk over the past few years. Thirteen states have graduation tests in place for the high school class of 2017, down from a high of 27 that had or planned such tests. The current number is the lowest level since at least the mid-1990s.

Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests (Updated February 2017)

"Time to Abolish High School Graduation Tests" explains in two pages how and why mandated high school exit tests damage students and the quality of education. These tests deny diplomas to tens of thousands of students, disproportionately children of color, immigrants or youth with special needs; they do not improve college or career prospects but feed the school-to-prison pipeline; new Common Core tests are likely to increase the dropout rate; and more.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 11 - 17, 2017

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 4 - 10, 2017

A reporter, who called FairTest today for a comment on a breaking story, said it well, "Every time I read your news clip compilations, I'm shocked at how much testing reform activity is going on across the country." We hope these weekly summaries are just as helpful in making your work more productive. Please send us links to articles and resources from your local area that merit broader attention.

National How Testing Policies Have to Change in U.S. Public Schools

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 28, 2016 - January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!  Assessment reformers across the U.S. are gearing up for winning campaigns in 2017 around three central goals:

       Fewer standardized exams, leaving additional time for teaching and learning
       No high-stakes (mis)uses of test results to make major decisions about students, educators, schools or districts
       More space to create performance-based assessments that tap a broader, deeper range of knowledge and skills

Testing Resistance & Reform News: Dec 21 - 27, 2016

This is the final issue of "Testing Resistance & Reform News" for 2016. It's been a good year  -- a record number of colleges eliminated ACT/SAT admissions exam requirement, driving the total to more than 900, the number of states requiring graduation tests plunged to a multi-decade low, and grassroots assessment reformers grew more powerful

You can help make 2017 even better.  Your year-end, tax-deductible contribution will make it possible for FairTest to lead advocacy campaigns and publish important tools such as these weekly newsclips.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: Dec. 14 - 20, 2016

Thousands of readers like you -- grassroots activists, educators, journalists, and policy-makers -- rely on these weekly news clips to stay on top of assessment reform initiatives around the nation.  Your year-end contribution makes it possible for FairTest to publish these updates as well as advocacy tools such as the new fact sheets linked in today's first item.

Testing Resistance & Reform News -- December 7 - 13, 2016

With the 2016-2017 school testing season right around the year-end, holiday vacation corner -- some states start administering their annual exams in February -- the pace of assessment reform news is accelerating.  Parents, teachers, administrators and, increasingly, policy-makers now recognize that current school testing policies undermine educational quality and equity. Many are pushing for significant changes through local, state and national campaigns.

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