Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 19 - 25, 2014

As another season of politically mandated standardized exam overkill gets underway in schools across the U.S., leading national assessment reform groups have launched "Testing Resistance & Reform Spring" to support and connect the many grassroots protest campaigns whose stories are reported in these weekly clip summaries.  If you have not signed up already, please do so today at: https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/testing-resista

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 12 - 18, 2014

As the spring testing season draws near, resistance and reform campaigns are becoming increasingly active.  This week's stories cover the nation from Alaska to Florida and Rhode Island to Utah. The success of test-optional undergraduate admissions raises fundamental questions about why so many standardized exams are required in K-12 education.

College Applicants Sweat the SATs: Perhaps They Shouldn't -- New Study Shows Test-Optional Admissions Works Well

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 5 - 11, 2014

The ever-louder drumbeat of opposition to standardized test misuse and overuse is now being heard in more than a dozen state capitals.  Across the country, governors, legislatures, and other education policy makers are responding to their constituents' concerns by eliminating high-stakes exams, reducing the volume of testing, and supporting better forms of assessment.

When will President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan start getting the message?

Both Houses of New York Legislature Support Two-Year Delay in Common Core Testing

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 29 - February 4, 2014

Grassroots pressure to stop high-stakes testing, reduce the number of standardized exams and replace multiple-choice tests with performance-based assessments is rapidly growing. More politicians are beginning to heed the "Enough is Enough!" message.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 21 - 27, 2014

The resistance to high-stakes testing continues to expand rapidly across the country. This week's clips document assessment reform activities in 13 states and a growing national movement for a moratorium on Common Core exams.

The Coming Common Core Meltdown:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 15 - 21, 2014

With Common Core pilot-tests looming on the horizon, calls for a moratorium on the new assessments and a reduction in test volume, not another round of increases, are intensifying. 

Common Core Assessments: The Next Phase of High-Stakes Testing

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 8 -14, 2014

Momentum is building across the nation for a moratorium on implementing the new Common Core assessments and a reevaluation of politicians' fixation on high-stakes standardized exams. Please continue to draw on FairTest fact sheets, infographics and action guides to support your local campaigns.and call on us if we can be of more help in any manner.

Many State Legislatures 2014 Sessions to Debate Common Core Testing Issues

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

These popular weekly updates, received by more than 1,000 assessment reform activists around the nation, are one example of the many ways FairTest both leads and supports the high-stakes testing resistance.

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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.

To keep the pressure on in 2014, please include FairTest in your year-end giving.  Click on http://fairtest.org/donate or mail your check to P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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

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