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What State Legislators Can Do to Advance Assessment Reform

Across the nation, resistance to test overuse and misuse reached unprecedented levels in spring 2014. The rapidly growing movement built on significant test opposition unleashed in 2013. This year, resistance erupted in more states with far more participants, and it won notable victories.

The first wave of tangible “wins” included many significant steps forward. In the past two years:

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Resistance to the overuse and misuse of standardized tests is expanding rapidly across the nation (Guisbond, 2014). The movement’s goals are to roll back testing overkill, eliminate damaging high stakes, and create an assessment system that supports teaching and learning while providing useful information to parents, communities and states. Some states have responded to the uprising by temporarily pausing some sanctions for teachers and schools.

Teacher Evaluation Should Not Rest on Student Test Scores (Revised 2014)

To win federal Race to the Top grants or waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), most states adopted teacher and principal evaluation systems based heavily on student test scores. Many educators have resisted these unproven policies. Researchers from Massachusetts and Chicago-area universities and more than 1,550 New York State principals signed statements against such practices. Chicago teachers struck over this issue, among others.

Pearson's History of Testing Problems

Compiled by Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
Updated August 14, 2014
(Click here to download a PDF of this list)

1998 California – test score delivery delayed

1999-2000 Arizona – 12,000 tests misgraded due to flawed answer key

2000 Florida – test score delivery delayed resulting in $4 million fine

New York Performance Standards Consortium Fact Sheet

Performance Assessments Succeed in New York (Updated Nov. 2014)

FairTest Infographic: Common Core: More Tests, But Not Better

 

Common Core Assessment Myths and Realities: Moratorium Needed From More Tests, Costs, Stress

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How High-Stakes Testing Feeds the School-to-Prison Pipeline Infographic


 

8 Ways To Fight High-Stakes Testing Infographic

 

8 Steps to Work for Testing Reform Fact Sheet

  1. Sign yourself and persuade your local school board and community organizations to endorse the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing. It is on the web at: http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/. Also:
    a)    Endorse the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB.
    b)    Use NCLB overhaul recommendations of Forum on Educational Accountability (FEA).
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