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Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Time for a Real Testing Moratorium

Resistance to the overuse and misuse of standardized tests is expanding rapidly across the nation (Guisbond, 2014). The movement’s goals are to roll back testing overkill, eliminate damaging high stakes, and create an assessment system that supports teaching and learning while providing useful information to parents, communities and states. Some states have responded to the uprising by temporarily pausing some sanctions for teachers and schools.

2014 SAT Score Trend Remains Flat; Test-Fixated School Policies Have Not Improved College Readiness

for further information:                                                                 

Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773
cell  (239) 699-046

 

for immediate release Wednesday, October 7, 2014

What to Look for In Class of 2014 SAT Scores

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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.

                                                                                          

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