Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 25 - 31, 2017

This is the season when many states issue  "school grades" or "report cards" that are based largely on standardized exam results. As in past years, a string of scoring and data reporting errors reveals how counter-productive this politically motivated process can be. Meanwhile, more jurisdictions are considering eliminating or minimizing their high school graduation testing requirements. That continues a trend in which the number of states with exit exams on the books has been cut in half.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 18 - 24, 2017

The drumbeat of criticism against high-stakes testing grows ever stronger as more evidence shows that the nation's standardized exam fixation is undermining both educational quality and equity. Nevada is the latest state to retreat from making major school decisions, such as eligibility for a high school diploma, on the basis of test scores.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 11 - 17, 2017

Parents, educators, students and education activists continue to escalate the fight to replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with better forms of assessment.  Meanwhile, the testing industry provides even more fodder for reform campaigns with more scoring screw-ups and fights over contract awards.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 4 - 10, 2017

Please help FairTest celebrate "Deb Meier Hero in Education" winners -- Schott Foundation President John Jackson and Mass. Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni -- by making a contribution in their honor at:

National Overwhelming Percentages of Math, English Teachers Oppose Current Tests

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 27 - October 3, 2017

Many of this week's stories reflect the growing recognition that standardized exam scores do not accurately reflect the realities of student academic achievement or school quality. That's why an ever-increasing number of states and districts are cutting back on the volume of tests and the stakes attached to their results.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 20 - 26, 2017

Please help FairTest honor this year's Deborah Meier "Hero in Education" awardees -- Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and Schott Foundation President John H. Jackson -- by buying tickets to the October 26 event or making a contribution to support assessment reform at:

National NAEP History Test Deserves a "F" for Measuring Critical Thinking

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 13-19, 2017

Praising FairTest as "an incredibly vibrant and important organization that provides an essential service" -- and specifically citing these weekly updates -- former PBS education correspondent John Merrow posts FairTest Is Not a Footnote and urges readers to provide more financial support around our upco

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 6 - 12, 2017

Despite severe weather across the southern U.S., campaigns against standardized exam overkill and for better methods of assessment continue to accelerate. FairTest hopes all our allies in Texas, Florida and other states hit hard by hurricanes Harvey and Irma are safe and will soon be able to return to their effective assessment reform activism.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 30 - September 5, 2017

As school doors open after the Labor Day holiday, challenges to standardized testing misuse and overuse continue to accelerate across the U.S. -- make sure your assessment reform stories and resources are included in these weekly roundups by sending links to bobschaeffer@fairtest.org

National Senator Will Introduce Bill to Reduce Number of Federally Required Tests

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 23 - 29, 2017

You can tell that a new school year is beginning across the U.S. by the surge in testing-related coverage -- this week's clips include news from 20 states as well as national overviews. FairTest is especially pleased that so many stories and columns include strong criticisms of standardized exam misuse and overuse, reflecting a growing consensus for assessment reform that is also revealed in recent public opinion polls. 

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