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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

Why Teacher Evaluation Shouldn’t Rest on Student Test Scores

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


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


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).

What's Wrong with Standardized Tests Infographic


What's Wrong With Standardized Tests?

Are standardized tests fair and helpful evaluation tools?

Not really. On standardized exams, all test takers answer the same questions under the same conditions, usually in multiple-choice format. Such tests reward quick answers to superficial questions. They do not measure the ability to think deeply or creatively in any field. Their use encourages a narrowed curriculum, outdated methods of instruction, and harmful practices such as grade retention and tracking.

Are standardized tests objective?

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