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Testing Reform in the News -- December 7 - December 12, 2012

Even with the holiday season well underway, the pace of assessment reform news has not slackened. In fact, important new voices, including educational leaders, business officials, and students are joining the ever-growing chorus pushing back against high-stakes testing overkill.

Montgomery County School Chief Seeks Three-Year Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing

Testing Reform in the News -- November 30 - December 6, 2012

If your find these regular updates of stories about the growing resistance to high-stakes testing as well as the obstacles we still to surmount, please consider making a year-end donation to FairTest by going to  http://tinyurl.com/FairTest2012

What a Year!

Dear Friend:

Thanks to your activism, 2012 has been a great year for the growing national assessment reform movement.  Now, FairTest needs your continued help to build greater momentum in 2013!

Just look at the numbers documenting several of our recent successes:

Testing Reform in the News -- November 21 - November 29, 2012

Many more example of the growing movement to replace high-stakes testing with better forms of assessment, the evidence backing our positions, and the irrational intransigence of die-hard defenders of standardized exam driven "reform" who chant "stay the course" in the face of their policy failures.

Going Beyond the Multiple-Choice Test

Assessment Reform Tools: Research, Books and More, November 2012

“Value Added” Instability

In “On the Stability (or not) of Being Irreplaceable,”  researcher Bruce Baker excoriates a report from The New Teacher Project that labels teachers whose “value added” scores place them in the top 20% as “irreplaceables.”

Testing Reform in the News -- November 16 - 20, 2012

For your long, holiday weekend reading pleasure, here are several more articles documenting the growing clout of the high-stakes testing resistance, demonstrating (again) the lack of evidence for relying on standardized exams to judge student/teacher/school quality, and reporting yet another wacky, ideologically motivated scheme to impose even more tests.

Anti-Testing: Unlikely Common Ground

Testing Reform in the News -- November 9 - 15, 2012

As the public digests the implication of last week's election results, there is increasing push back against the high-stake-testing status quo and the politicians who stubbornly embrace it in the face of ever-growing resistance (and evidence)!

Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing Escalates

Testing Reform in the News -- October 31 - November 8, 2012

With the 2012 election now history, we can return to the hard work of making politicians see the light about the need for real assessment reform.

FairTest offers several new columns and fact sheets as resources for that ongoing campaign along with links to a number of good pieces by our allies

Why So Many People Are Saying "Enough is Enough" to High-Stakes Testing

Testing Reform in the News -- October 25 - 31, 2012

Assessment reform pressure continued to escalate even as Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore.  Best wishes to our friends and allies in the mid-Atlantic states as they recover from the storm.

Arne Duncan's Legacy: Doubling Down on High Stakes Testing Failures
 http://education.nationaljournal.com/2012/10/what-has-arne-done-for-us.php#2258005

Testing Reform in the News -- October 18 - 24, 2012

The drumbeat of criticism focused on test-driven education "reform" continues to strengthen.  With sufficient pressure after Election Day, more public officials may begin to shift from chanting "no excuses" rhetoric and doubling-down on failed policies to examining the evidence and moving toward saner policies.

Politicians Blame Their Own Team for Education Failures  -- from FairTest Board member Deborah Meier

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