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Fairtest Reaction To 2015 Annual Gallup/Phi Delta Kappan Survey

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Dr. Monty Neill (617) 477-9792
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

 

for immediate release, Monday, August 24, 2015

NEW POLL: U.S. PUBLIC STRONGLY BACKS ASSESSMENT REFORM MOVEMENT,
REJECTS TEST-AND-PUNISH POLICIES
FAIRTEST REACTION TO 2015 ANNUAL GALLUP/PHI DELTA KAPPAN SURVEY

 

Tell Congress: Keep Federal Accountability Mandates Out of a New Education Law

Now is the time to make sure a new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is the best possible replacement of “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) that we can win at this time.

The House and Senate conference committee to reconcile their respective versions of ESEA will begin work soon. A new law that ends federally mandated accountability will be an important step forward, even though neither house reduced the test-every-kid-every-year mandate.

FairTest Analysis of Key Assessment and Accountability Issues Facing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

Key Assessment and Accountability IssuesFacing the ESEA Reauthorization Conference Committee

Video of Karen Lewis at FairTest event

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, delivered a thoughtful and passionate talk to FairTest and our guests on receiving her Hero in Education award on June 4. She traces the links between testing and the social inequalities it perpetuates. View the 5-minute video here. https://youtu.be/mL6F7JCzOQ4

FairTest Reacts to Ongoing Computer-Administered Testing Problems: Exams Crashed in 9 States in April

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Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
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Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 15 - 17, 2015

We've pulled together this special edition of our usually-weekly newsclips because of three huge stories that broke in the past several days. 

-  In New York, more than 173,000 students opted out of the first wave of state testing, at least tripling last year's boycott level. 

National Day of Action April 8

Overhaul ESEA/NCLB: Less Testing More Learning

What:  Call your U.S. Senators and join the Twitter storm.If we raise our voices together, we can persuade the Senate Education Committee to cut back testing requirements as it debates renewal of Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind.  

When:  April 8, 2015

Who: Testing Resistance and Reform Spring alliance, convened by FairTest, and including many national and state organizations.
 

Help FairTest Grow the Testing Reform Movement

FairTest is a national hub for the test resistance and reform movement.  Every day, thousands of parents, educators, journalists and public officials use our web materials or contact our office for help. With your help, FairTest can meet the exploding demand for assistance and leadership. Together, we can build and sustain a vibrant movement and win major change.

Here are ways you can help:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 21 - 24, 2015

The testing resistance continues to expand rapidly across the U.S. with assessment reform news updates from two dozen states in just the past four days. 

Arizona Senate Takes Up Bill Establishing Opt-Out Procedures
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/03/23/arizona-bill-let-parents-opt-standardized-test/70322302/

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 18 - 20, 2015

Normally, FairTest sends out these news clips summaries once a week, early each Tuesday afternoon. With school standardized exam season now in full gear, however, the flow of stories about testing resistance and reform actions is accelerating rapidly. This special edition  -- with updates from more than half the 50 states over just three days -- reports on the first, too-modest steps by policy makers across the U.S. to respond to the growing grassroots pressure for assessment reform. 

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