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FairTest Testimony on ESEA Reauthorization to Senate HELP Committee.

Less Testing, More Learning

Testimony to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director, FairTest (National Center for Fair & Open Testing)

Emailed to FixingNCLB@help.senate.gov

(NOTE: for a print friendly PDF of this document click here.)

February 2, 2015

Dear Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray, and Members of the Committee:

FEA Recommendations for ESEA on Assessment, Accountability and School Improvement, Jan. 2015

Forum on Educational Accountability

Recommendations for Improving Federal Law - January 2015

FairTest Statement on Federal Standardized Exam Mandates

for further information:

Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                     

Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773

for immediate release, Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Testing Reformers React to Sec. Duncan's Call for "No Child" Revamp

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill  (617) 477-9792                    
Bob Schaeffer   (239) 395-6773

 

for use with Secretary Arne Duncan Seaton Elementary Speech, Monday, January 12, 2015

What State Legislators Can Do to Advance Assessment Reform

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2017

Across the nation, resistance to test overuse and misuse reached unprecedented levels in spring 2015. The rapidly growing movement built on significant test opposition unleashed in 2013-14. The resistance to standardized exam overkill erupted in more states with far more participants, and it won notable victories.

The first wave of “wins” included:

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement: A FairTest Report

The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement, based on interviews with dozens of activists, provides insights on how they built rapidly growing, successful campaigns.

See:

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 2016)

The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) does not require states to have educator evaluation systems. If a state chooses to do so, it does not have to include student test scores.  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.

“Atlanta is the Tip of an Iceberg” -- New Count Shows Widespread Test Score Corruption in 39 States And D.C.

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

for immediate release, Monday, September 29, 2014

“ATLANTA IS THE TIP OF AN ICEBERG” -- STANDARDIZED EXAM CHEATING CASES IN 39 STATES AND D.C.; NEW COUNT SHOWS WIDESPREAD TEST SCORE CORRUPTION

60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing

60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing: Manipulating High-Stakes Exam Scores for Political Gain

Drawn from government and media reports by FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
updated -- September 2014

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