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Teacher Evaluation Should Not Rest on Student Test Scores (Revised 2014)

To win federal Race to the Top grants or waivers from No Child Left Behind (NCLB), most states adopted teacher and principal evaluation systems based heavily on student test scores. Many educators have resisted these unproven policies. Researchers from Massachusetts and Chicago-area universities and more than 1,550 New York State principals signed statements against such practices. Chicago teachers struck over this issue, among others.

“Atlanta is the Tip of an Iceberg” -- New Count Shows Widespread Test Score Corruption in 39 States And D.C.

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell  (239) 699-0468

for immediate release, Monday, September 29, 2014

“ATLANTA IS THE TIP OF AN ICEBERG” -- STANDARDIZED EXAM CHEATING CASES IN 39 STATES AND D.C.; NEW COUNT SHOWS WIDESPREAD TEST SCORE CORRUPTION

60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing:

60+ Ways Schools “Cheat” on Testing: Manipulating High-Stakes Exam Scores for Political Gain

Drawn from government and media reports by FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
updated -- September 2014

Pre-Testing

CONFIRMED CASES OF TEST-CHEATING (2009 - 2014)

CONFIRMED CASES OF TEST-CHEATING
(2009 - 2014)

In the past five years cheating cases have been documented in 39 states plus the District of Columbia and U.S. Department of Defense schools, according to government and news media reports compiled by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Jurisdictions with schools whose unlikely score gains were flagged by the Atlanta Journal Constitution or USA Today statistical analyses are not included unless there is additional evidence to confirm the listing:

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalites to Your School

Schools and districts that receive federal Title I funds sometimes claim they will lose funds if parents, students or teachers boycott standardized tests required under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). As far as we know, no school or district anywhere in the country has ever been penalized for failing to test enough (95%) of its students. Parents, students and teachers generally should not fear harmful consequences to their schools due to federal law if parents boycott standardized tests. Here is why:

95% Rule

Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill     (617) 477-9792
or Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773                                                         
for immediate release Monday, September 8, 2014

FairTest Statement to the Lee County FL School Board on the Reconsideration of the Vote to "Opt Out" of Standardized Exams.

                                                                                          

for further information:

Large Florida School District Votes to "Opt Out" of Standardized Exam Mandates.

for further information:
Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773
                                                        
for immediate release Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fairtest’s Reaction to Proposal To Postpone Test-Based Teacher Ratings

for further information:
Dr. Monty Neill     (617) 477-9792                                                                  
or Bob Schaeffer  (239) 395-6773

FairTest News Release: Stagnant ACT Scores show Failure of Test Driven Policies

for further information:                                                                  
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
Cell  (239) 699-0468
 

for use with annual ACT scores on or after Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

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