Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 1 - 7, 2014

Public schools are back in session after the holidays, and there's already lots of action across the county laying the groundwork for Assessment Reform Spring.  Note that today is the 12th anniversary of "No Child Left Untested" being signed into law by Pres. George Bush -- more than a decade of failed federal education policy is a major catalyst for the rising tide of protests.

Non-Waiver States Lament Consequences of "No Child Left Behind" Law

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 25 - 31, 2013

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 18 - 24, 2013

Though schools across the nation are closed for winter vacation, there's been no let up in news and commentary about resistance to testing overuse and misuse.

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Thank you -- and best wishes for a joyous holiday week!  In the spirit of the season, the first clip is a version of how the standardized testing Grinch stole Xmas

How the Dirth Stole Learning

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 11 - 17, 2013

The drumbeat of assessment reform stories shows no let up as parents, students, educators and researchers increase the pressure on policy makers to abandon failed test-and-punish policies.

National Day of Action Wrap Up

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 4 - 10, 2013

The pace of assessment reform activism continues to accelerate, even as we enter the year-end-holiday season.  Note the geographic and ideological breadth reflected in the stories -- this is truly a growing national movement that cuts across conventional political lines

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 27 - December 3, 2013

Despite the Thanksgiving holiday, the assessment reform movement continued to keep the pressure on policy-makers across the nation. Even more protest activities are planned for next week's "Day of Action to Reclaim the Purpose of Public Education," which FairTest endorses.

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: Nov. 20 - 26, 2013

Heading into the Thanksgiving weekend, testing resistance continued to explode around the nation. The movement to delay Common Core assessments is particularly aggressive in New York with actions by parents, teachers, students and administrators underway in an ever-increasing number of states.  Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan struggles to extract his basketball-sneaker-shod feet from his mouth after denigrating critics of standardized exam overkill. And, there's more evidence that test-optional admissions works well in higher education.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 14 -19, 2013

Week after week, the assessment reform movement gains in geographic breadth and grassroots depth.  This month, New York State is a major focal point for mass organizing but there's plenty going on in many other states even though the high-stakes-exam season is still months away in most states.  FairTest is getting ready for "Testing Reform Spring 2014," and you should be too!  Let us know how we can help.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 8 - 13, 2013

The movement to replace high-stakes standardized exams with better forms of assessment picks up even more steam with huge protest events, growing opt-out campaigns, and ever more evidence that test-and-punish status quo "reform" policies are an abject failure.

Chicago Educators Launch "Let Us Teach" Campaign Against Standardized Testing
Time to Dump Standardized Tests

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 31 - November 7, 2013

Another week of escalating assessment reform organizing and action around the country. Journalists, both local, regional and national, are hearing the movement's message and conveying it to even broader audiences!

New NAEP Scores Add to Evidence of Failed Test-and-Punish Policies

What Happens When Parents Stand Up and Say "No" to Testing

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