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

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 24 - 30, 2013

It's tempting to apologize for the growing length of the weekly newsclips list. Yet, these e-blasts accurately reflect what is going on around the country. Test resistance is exploding in literally dozens of states, including New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas and Mississippi, just in the past week. Our allies now include parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members,  researchers, children's book authors, and community activists among many, many others

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 17 - 23, 2013

What a week!  There's been so much coverage of the escalating movement against high-stakes that it's hard to keep up.  Just look at our growing list of allies in these news reports: parents, students, teachers, school administrators, academic testing experts, community activists, world famous authors, public officials, Republican lawmakers and even Zombies!

Famed Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books Call on Pres. Obama to Cut Back Testing

Testing Resistance & Reform News: Oct 10 -16, 2013

This week's news clips show the assessment reform movement's geographic breadth, with stories from Oakland to Long Island and Maine to Texas.  Remember that back issues are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news

Seattle Teacher Boycott Leader Reframes "The Purpose of Education" at NBC Education Nation

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 3 - 9, 2013

The opening sentence of the first story about the Buffalo hearing says it all, "Reform of high-stakes testing for schoolchildren, a groundswell movement of lawn signs and small-scale protests, became an earthquake Wednesday evening."

2.500 Parents, Teachers and Administrators Pack Buffalo Hearing on Testing

Force for Real Education Reform Emerges

FairTest Infographic: Common Core: More Tests, But Not Better


Testing Resistance & Reform News: Sept. 25 - October 2, 2013

The U.S. government may be largely shut down but federally mandated testing overkill continues throughout the country.  Interesting to note that opposition to high-stakes standardized exams is one issue on which elements of the "left," "right," and "center" increasingly find common ground.

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