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

The pace of both testing resistance and assessment reform is definitely quickening as the late winter/early spring 2017 standardized exam season draws nearer. Great to see so many policy makers questioning the fundamental role and value of current volumes of testing and the stakes attached to them.

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

Check out all the assessment reform activity in state legislatures as national polling shows strong public support for reducing testing overkill

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 25 - 31, 2017

With the 2017 K-12 school testing season beginning soon in some jurisdictions, FairTest has released several new and updated fact sheets to help assessment reform activists organize resistance to standardized exam overuse and misuse. At the same time, many state legislatures are considering proposals to reduce testing overkill. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 18 - 24, 2017

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates with legislatures back in session and annual school testing drawing near. Many states are beginning to use their new flexibility under ESSA as parents, students, teachers, supervisors, school board members and community activists push for major reductions in standardized exam mandates.

National States Balance Ambitious and Achievable in ESSA Plans
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2017/01/18/states-balance-ambitious-an...

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 11 - 17, 2017

As FairTest's first-generation leaders move toward retirement., the organization has begun the process of planning for a smooth transition. The first step is hiring a consultant to develop a new strategic plan to make the assessment reform movement even more effective. Working with current staff, board, and other stakeholders, the ideal candidate will also be interested in taking over as FairTest's executive director in 2018.  For details, see:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 4 - 10, 2017

A reporter, who called FairTest today for a comment on a breaking story, said it well, "Every time I read your news clip compilations, I'm shocked at how much testing reform activity is going on across the country." We hope these weekly summaries are just as helpful in making your work more productive. Please send us links to articles and resources from your local area that merit broader attention.

National How Testing Policies Have to Change in U.S. Public Schools

Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 28, 2016 - January 3, 2017

Happy New Year!  Assessment reformers across the U.S. are gearing up for winning campaigns in 2017 around three central goals:

       Fewer standardized exams, leaving additional time for teaching and learning
       No high-stakes (mis)uses of test results to make major decisions about students, educators, schools or districts
       More space to create performance-based assessments that tap a broader, deeper range of knowledge and skills

Testing Resistance & Reform News: Dec 21 - 27, 2016

This is the final issue of "Testing Resistance & Reform News" for 2016. It's been a good year  -- a record number of colleges eliminated ACT/SAT admissions exam requirement, driving the total to more than 900, the number of states requiring graduation tests plunged to a multi-decade low, and grassroots assessment reformers grew more powerful

You can help make 2017 even better.  Your year-end, tax-deductible contribution will make it possible for FairTest to lead advocacy campaigns and publish important tools such as these weekly newsclips.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: Dec. 14 - 20, 2016

Thousands of readers like you -- grassroots activists, educators, journalists, and policy-makers -- rely on these weekly news clips to stay on top of assessment reform initiatives around the nation.  Your year-end contribution makes it possible for FairTest to publish these updates as well as advocacy tools such as the new fact sheets linked in today's first item.

Testing Resistance & Reform News -- December 7 - 13, 2016

With the 2016-2017 school testing season right around the year-end, holiday vacation corner -- some states start administering their annual exams in February -- the pace of assessment reform news is accelerating.  Parents, teachers, administrators and, increasingly, policy-makers now recognize that current school testing policies undermine educational quality and equity. Many are pushing for significant changes through local, state and national campaigns.

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