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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.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 30 - December 7, 2016

Assessment reform activists are taking advantage of opportunities under the new federal education law to push back against testing overkill with a range of proposals from auditing local standardized exam requirements to overhauling statewide school evaluation policies.

Testing Resistance & Reform News for November 23 -29, 2016

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Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 16-22, 2016

As fallout from November 8 continues to settle, activists across the nation are already pressing newly elected legislators to reduce testing volume, eliminate high-stakes standardized exams, and promote better forms of assessment. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 9 - 15, 2016

The November 8 tidal wave swamped most other news, but a number of testing-related stories and commentaries still appeared over the past week. Perversely, the ugly election results may create new opportunities for assessment reform victories at the local, state, and even federal levels.  

Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 2 - 8, 2016

This Election Day, education issues are not center stage for most top-of-the-ticket candidates. But down ballot, teachers, parents and community have put testing policies into play in many state and local races. And, grassroots activists know that, whatever voters decide today, the assessment reform movement will continue to pressure elected officials for fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes test misuse, and support for better assessments. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 26 - November 1, 2016

From New York to California and Alaska to Florida, here's this week's news from around the U.S. about the surging grassroots assessment reform.  Remember that friends and allies can sign up for these free updates at http://fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 19 - 25, 2016

The national wave of opposition to test misuse and overuse continues to swell even as media attention focuses on the closing days of election season. All winning candidates will have to pay heed to the rising tide of grassroots pressure for many fewer standardized exams, an end to high-stakes testing and support for better assessments.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 12 - 18, 2016

With stories from 20 states, this week's news clips demonstrate the growing breadth and depth of the national movement fighting for fewer standardized tests, no high-stakes exams and better assessments. You can have friends and allies sign up for these updates at: http://fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup

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