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Failing Our Children: Executive Summary

Failing Our Children:


· How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education


· An Accountability Model That Supports School Improvement


Letter from FairTest to all Presidential Candidates. October 2007

October 25, 2007

Dear Candidate for President:

As the only national organization with testing reform as its focus, FairTest has a more than 20-year history of working to improve assessment of America's students. We have addressed such issues as the proper role of college admissions exams in university admissions, state graduation and grade promotion tests, and the role of assessment in the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB).

Movement to Overhaul NCLB Accelerates (PDF)

Initial FairTest Analysis of ESEA

FairTest staff have studied the legislation ("No Child Left Behind Act") and consulted with additional sources to prepare the following analysis of the testing and accountability provisions. The Act is very detailed and long, and we apologize for any errors in this summary and analysis. We will amend this document to correct any errors brought to our attention.

Urban NAEP Scores Again Show Test-Driven Education Fails to Aid Neediest Students

for immediate release, Thursday, December 1, 2005


Today's release of National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment results "shows once again that test-driven school 'reform' is failing to improve education for the nation's most needy children," according to Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.

NAEP Reading and Math Score Trends Show State High-Stakes Tests and "No Child Left Behind" Fail to Spur Educational Improvements

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell: (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Thursday, July 14, 2005 "The generally lackluster performance reported by the National
Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) demonstrates the failure of the test-and-punish approach to meaningfully improve the quality of schooling for U.S. children," according to the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest).

"Stagnant results for 17-year-olds indicate that soaring high

Test Reformers React to New National Poll on "No Child Left Behind"

for further information, contact:
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207
or Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773

Reaction of Dr. Monty Neill, Executive Director of FairTest, to Pres. Bush's State of the Union Proposals

For further information:
Dr. Monty Neill (857) 350-8207

FairTest's letter to U.S. House education staff in response to a letter from Education Committee Chair George Miller

Date: July 11, 2007

Failing Our Children Home

Failing Our Children

How "No Child Left Behind" Undermines Quality and Equity in Education
An Accountability Model that Supports School Improvement

by Monty Neill, Ed.D., Lisa Guisbond and Bob Schaeffer
with James Madson and Life Legeros
May 2004











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