Testing Reform in the News: December 28, 2012 - January 3, 2013

Happy New Year !  The pace of stories about the accelerating movement against high-stakes testing slowed only slightly over the holidays. 

Let's make 2013 a year of more victories for assessment reformers.  Don't hesitate to call on FairTest for assistance with your local campaigns, and be sure to use the many free resources available at http://www.fairtest.org

Testing: Education's False Proxy Trap

Testing Reform in the News: December 21 - December 27, 2012

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Many thanks!  Here's this week's news

NC State Super: Testing Craze Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

Testing Reform in the News: December 13 - December 19, 2012

More good material for your holiday season reading and viewing pleasure

New Montgomery Super Showed Courage in Denouncing Standardized Tests

What's Wrong with Standardized Tests Infographic


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

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