Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 19 - 25, 2017

Believe it or not, we're on the verge of another school year.  Classrooms in several southern states, including Florida, welcome students back in barely two weeks.  Fortunately, children (and teachers) in many jurisdictions will face fewer standardized exams and less high-stakes testing in 2017-2018 because of the mounting successes of the grassroots assessment reform movement.  This week's news clips report more signs of progress.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 12 - 18, 2017

There's no evidence of any "summer doldrums" for the U.S. assessment reform movement.  With each week, more and more states respond to grassroots pressure by reducing testing mandates and the time devoted to standardized exams.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 4 - 11, 2017

 Continuing a slow but steady movement, several more states have eliminated testing requirements and others are considering rolling back mandates. There's still a long way to go to end test misuse and overuse, but signs of progress should not be downplayed.
     Assessment reform advocates looking for more information about alternatives to standardized exams should check out FairTest Board member Deborah Meier's newly published book Beyond Testing (https://deborahmeier.com/2017/07/10/beyond-testing/) -- use the code TCP2017 for a 20% discount

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 28 - July 3, 2017

Grassroots struggles to free students, educators and schools from the tyranny of standardized testing misuse and overuse continue to make progress as the U.S.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 21 - 27, 2017

Still lots of assessment reform activity in many states as Independence Day approaches. We particularly encourage you to check out the three longer pieces in "Worth Reading" for the upcoming, four-day holiday weekend

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 14 - 20, 2017

With stories from 20 states in just the past week, it's clear that controversies around school testing policies are not abating. Grassroots pressure from parents, students, educators, and community leaders is forcing some policymakers to back off from failed test-and-punish policies. The summer academic break is a great time to build even stronger assessment reform campaigns for the fall.

Alabama School Reevaluate Testing Definition of Readiness

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 7 - 13, 2017

Responding to grassroots pressure from parents, educators, and community leaders more state policymakers are agreeing to reduce the time students are required to spend taking superfluous standardized exams. But there's still a long way to go to achieve meaningful assessment reform in most jurisditions. Keep the pressure on over the summer!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 31 - June 6, 2017

Intense controversies over testing continue at the state and local levels.  Many legislatures and school boards are responding to the demands of grassroots assessment reformers by eliminating some standardized exams and reducing the stakes attached to their scores.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 24 - 30, 2017

Across the country, the academic year is winding down. Many school districts have already closed for the summer. Yet, testing controversies remain as intense as ever with advocates for fewer standardized exams and lower stakes winning more victories.  Remember that assessment reform allies can sign up to receive these free weekly news updates by clicking on:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 17- 23, 2017

FairTest collaborated with the National Coalition of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) Time on Learning Committee to develop a survey that teacher unions can use with their members to expose the consequences of high-stakes testing. It can easily be adapted for use by parent, student and community groups. 

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