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Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 6 - 12, 2019

From Alaska to Florida and many states in-between, the pushback against standardized testing misuse and overuse continues to accelerate. Feel free to use this week's stories and commentaries as models for your own local assessment reform work.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 30 - November 5, 2019

 
New data from the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) once again demonstrates that decades of test-and-punish schooling has failed to improve either academic quality or educational equity.  Though some states stubbornly continue to "stay the course" with failed policies, more and more are responding to pressure from parents, educators and community leaders to back off from standardized exam misuse and overuse.  Keep the pressure on!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 23- 29, 2019

The assessment reform drumbeat continues to reverberate ever more strongly across the nation. As growing numbers of parents, educators, students and school leaders speak out, more policy makers begin to implement meaningful changes in testing policy.  Check out this week's developments:

National What to Expect From October 30 NAEP Scores Release

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 16 - 22, 2019

Victories -- both large and small-- in many states paint a bright picture for the grassroots assessment reform movement.  As a momentous election season draws near, politicians will be paying even more attention to the concerns of their constituents.  Parents, students, educators and community activists need to make sure policy makers know you want them to end standardized testing misuse and overuse. . . . NOW!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 9 - 15, 2019

"Momentum" is the buzzword of the week for the assessment reform movement.  In state after state, pressure from parents, students, educators, researchers, and grassroots activists is forcing policy makers to roll-back standardized testing policies that undermine education quality and equity.  There's still a long way to go, but progress is definitely taking place!

Colorado Educators Debate Overhaul of School Accountability Rating System

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 2 - 8, 2019

More victories in rolling back high-stakes testing misuse this week, but there's still a long way to go to achieve real assessment reform.  Use these stories as ammunition in your local and statewide campaigns. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 24 - October 1, 2019

With each passing week, it becomes ever clearer that public school assessment policies are framed more by political, ideological, and business concerns than educational evidence. Keeping the heat on politicians, exposing their motivations and documenting the financial interests of the testing industry helps build the clout necessary to win genuine reforms.

Multiple States What Happens When "Formative" and "Summative" Assessment Markets Combine

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 18 - 24, 2019

Politicians are finally beginning to heed the assessment reform message.  In state after state, grassroots activism by parents, students, educators and community leaders is forcing policy makers to roll back standardized exam requirements, particularly the high-states consequences attached to test scores.  Keep the pressure on!

Multiple States Could Testing Wreck Civics Education?

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 11 - 17, 2019

The drumbeat of criticism documenting the negative fallout from test-driven education policies grows ever louder. With each passing school day, more parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders recognize the damage being inflicted on educational quality and equity.  It's time for policymakers to pay attention . . . or be replaced!

California Assigning Single Grade to Every School Is Too Simplistic

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 4 - 10, 2019

Grade retention and diploma denials are among the worst politically motivated misuses of standardized tests.  That's why assessment reform activists have made repealing these counter-productive policies a top priority.  Check out these FairTest fact sheets for ammunition to use in your local campaigns.

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