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Testing Resistance & Reform News July 27 - August 2, 2016

Believe it or not, summer vacation is already over for students in several states. For example, the public school year began across Oklahoma and in Indianapolis on August 1. Many Florida districts re-open next week. With the start of classes, controversies over testing policies accelerate. At the same time, scores from last year's exams and opt-out statistics are being released.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 20- 26, 2016

The grassroots assessment reform movement has refused to take a "summer break." Across the country, parents, educators and community activists are pressing policymakers to take advantage of the increased testing flexibility allowed under the new federal education law. Already, many states have responded by cutting back standardized exam requirements. Where change is not taking place fast enough, organizers are building stronger opt-out campaigns for the 2016-2017 school year.

National Common Core Standards and Tests Cost Billions, Hurt Students

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 13 - 19, 2016

Pressure is growing on the U.S. Department of Education to withdraw punitive draft regulations for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. At the same time, many states and districts are pursuing the assessment flexibility encouraged by the new federal law.

National Parents Across America Calls for Withdrawal of Draft Fed Regs. That Push Failed NCLB Practices
http://parentsacrossamerica.org/paa-congress-ed-leaders-stop-harmful-ess...
National Take Action to Block Top-Down, Test-and-Punish Draft Federal "Accountability: Regulations

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 6 - 12, 2016

Grassroots pressure is leading many states and districts to re-evaluate their standardized testing requirements and start developing alternative, performance-based assessments, often seeking to use new flexibility under the recently adopted federal education law.  Keep the heat on!

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 29 - July 5, 2016

Though school is out for the summer and the long, holiday weekend slowed coverage, there's still plenty of assessment reform news. Please add your voice at the Save Our Schools rally, march and conference in Washington DC at the end of this week

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 22 - 28, 2016

A number of states are already moving to take advantage of the flexibility to overhaul assessments included in the new, federal Every Student Succeeds Act. But proposed U.S. Department of Education regulations could inhibit reforms that help improve learning and learning. If you have not weighed in already, now is the time to submit a comment -- it's easy; just click on the first link below

National Act Now to Block Federal Regulations That Could Reimpose Failed Test-and-Punish Policies

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 15 - 21, 2016

With public schools closing for the summer, many states are reviewing their 2015-2016 testing experience (once again, not a pretty picture) and planning to implement assessment reforms in coming years.  You can help stop the U.S. Department of Education from promoting testing misuse and overuse by weighing in on proposed Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 8 - 14, 2016

Another week of standardized exam foul-ups leads more states to de-emphasize test scores or, at least, question their assessment policies. Check out FairTest's chronology of computerized testing problems at:
http://fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology

Alaska State Seeks Federal Testing Waiver After Computer Exam Failed
http://www.newsminer.com/news/education/state-seeks-standardized-testing...

California State at Odds with Feds Over School Rating Proposals

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 1 - 7, 2016

Testing controversies continue to produce major news stories across the nation as the grassroots assessment reform movement presses to roll back the pervasive overuse and misuse of standardized exams.

National Draft Federal Regulation Try to Continue Test-and-Punish Policies Under ESSA
https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/federally-mandated-test-and...

California More than Half of Students Opt-Out of Tests at Two Schools

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 25 - 31, 2016

Many states are beginning to review their assessment and accountability systems to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Input from grassroots stakeholders -- particularly parents, educators and community leaders -- can help determine whether the revised policies help improve learning and teaching or simply put a different gloss on failed test-and-punish systems.

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