Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 4 - 10, 2019

Grade retention and diploma denials are among the worst politically motivated misuses of standardized tests.  That's why assessment reform activists have made repealing these counter-productive policies a top priority.  Check out these FairTest fact sheets for ammunition to use in your local campaigns.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 28 - September 3, 2019

As evidence of the many failures of test-driven school "reform" continues to mount, more parents, educators, and community leaders are organizing effective campaigns to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse. Use these models to build victories in your home state.  

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 21 - 27, 2019

Though classrooms have not even opened for the fall semester in many parts of the country, activists are already posting victories -- often won with support from FairTest -- that will overhaul school testing policies.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 14 - 20, 2019

The new school year is shaping up to be a pivotal period for the assessment reform movement. Already, a spate of stories have appeared documenting new policies that roll back some of the worst cases of testing overkill. And there's much more coverage of the damage being done to educational quality and equity by the fixation on standardized exams.

National Flawed Computer Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students Essay Exams

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 31 - August 6, 2019

Big news this week: New York State, whose "Regents Exams" are often cited as a model for other state assessment programs, is rethinking its graduation test requrement.  With increasing grassroots pressure from parents, students, educators and community activists during the new school year, even more jurisdictions will roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse.

California Why IQ Tests Are Banned for Black Children Across the State

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 24- 30, 2019

Believe it or not, a new public school year begins in less than two weeks in several states!  Fortunately, testing reformers have not been relaxing over the "summer vacation."  Parents, educators, students, and community activists are ready to promote better assessment systems and fight schemes to impose even more high-stakes standardized exams. Check out this week's news .  .  .

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 17 - 23, 2019

There's no "summer vacation" for assessment reformers -- in response to ongoing pressure from grassroots activists, more and more policymakers in many states are backing away from test-and-punish policies that undermine educational quality and equal opportunity. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 3 - 16, 2019

This week's edition is jam-packed with stories about both the flaws of relying on standardized exams to make high-stakes educational decisions as well as successful campaigns to roll back testing misuse and overuse.

If you find these updates helpful, note that FairTest has changed its online donation provider to PayPal, so that you can support our assessment reform leadership, including these news compilations, more easily and without any service charges.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 26 - July 2, 2019

With the Spring 2019 testing season over and classrooms closed for the summer, many education news stories are focusing on the misuse of standardized exam results to evaluate school and teacher quality.  It's great to see the increasing breadth of voices criticizing current test-driven policies

Please remember Deborah Meier's plea for donations to help FairTest take advantage of the changing climate by building more winning assessment reform campaigns for this fall.

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