Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 26 - May 2, 2017

From state after state, there are encouraging reports of progress toward curbing standardized exam overkill and creating opportunities for alternative assessments and accountability systems. As always, grassroots activism -- via opt-out campaigns, lobbying, public education, etc. -- is the key to pressuring policy makers to adopt genuine reforms. 

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

With stories from 20 states, this week's news clips demonstrate the breadth and depth of the grassroots assessment reform movement. Effective advocacy by parents, students, educators and community leaders across the nation is pressuring more and more policy makers to cut back testing overuse and misuse, creating space for better systems of assessment. 

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

As peak school testing season nears in many states, grassroots activists are winning more and more victories against standardized exam overuse and misuse.  Parents, educators, community leaders and their allies need to keep pressure on policy makers to curb testing overkill and create more space for performance assessments. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 5 - 11, 2017

Aggressive grassroots testing resistance campaigns and a string of assessment reform policy victories highlight a very active week with standardized exam season now underway in many states.

Standardized Testing and Young Children -- new FairTest assessment reform resource in English and Espanol

California How Parents Can Opt Children Out of Standardized Testing

Connecticut State Removes Student Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 29 - April 4, 2017

It's spring testing season. In many states, the grassroots pushback against standardized exam misuse and overuse is gaining strength. Check out this week's clips to see how legislatures, boards of education, and other policy-making bodies are responding to assessment reform movement power!

New Advocacy Resource: Standard  Testing and Students with Disabilities
Other Recent Assessment Reform Tools from FairTest

Standardized Testing and Students with Disabilities

Does Inclusion in Testing Mean Inclusion in Meaningful Learning?

  1. Federal law requires 95% test participation, including for the vast majority of students with disabilities. (One percent of all students may be assessed to alternative standards with alternative assessments. Federal law leaves it up to each state to decide what to do if a school or district does not test 95%.) The theory is that full inclusion in testing will drive full inclusion in learning the “standard” academic curriculum.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 22 - 28, 2017

School testing season begins in many states this week, and grassroots protests are exploding across the nation. To help parents, students, educators and allies build more powerful testing resistance and assessment reform campaigns FairTest has released new and updated advocacy tools

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 15 - 21, 2017

Responding to escalating grassroots pressure against standardized exam overkill, many state legislatures and education boards are advancing plans reduce testing overuse and misuse. Close monitoring by constituents is necessary to ensure that high-sounding proposals are actually implemented.

National Tell Your State to Consult with Stakeholders Over ESSA Plans

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 8 - 14, 2017

In state after state -- and even in Washington DC -- lawmakers are responding to grassroots' concerns by beginning to rein in standardized exam overuses and misuses. There's still a long way to go to win comprehensive assessment reform but there is concrete evidence of real progress. Check out FairTest's new test opt-out resources to see how you can add to the pressure during this year's testing season.  

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 1 - 7, 2017

From California to Massachusetts and Florida to Minnesota, the assessment reform movement is gaining steam. Many of this week's stories highlight the ways grassroots mobilizing by parents, educators and community activists is pressuring policymakers to reduce testing volume and eliminate high-stakes standardized exams. Check out FairTest's organizing guide for more helpful resources:

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