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FairTest Tells Maryland Legislators to Cap Testing Time

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 452

 

MARYLAND SENATE EDUCATION, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

ROBERT A. SCHAEFFER, PUBLIC EDUCATION DIRECTOR

NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAIR & OPEN TESTING (FAIRTEST)

 

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

 

Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated February 2018)

Parents and students often fear the threat that if they opt out of state exams, their school could lose funding. However, this is an empty threat: no school has lost funding because of opting out.

In fact, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) specifically authorizes states to allow parents to opt their children out of exams. Ten states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, North Dakota, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin) have laws specifically allowing parents to opt their children out. None has ever been sanctioned.

Just Say No to Standardized Tests: Why and How to Opt Out (Updated March 2017)

Just Say No to Standardized Tests:

Why and How to Opt Out

Testing overuse and misuse is damaging public education. It eats up classroom time, narrows curriculum and drives many students out of school. It perpetuates a false narrative of failure and puts schools in low-income communities at risk of closure or privatization.

Implementing Performance Assessment: FairTest Webinar

 

Join us for a webinar on Feb 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM EST.

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Personalized Learning or Continuous Online Testing?

Technology “permits us now to do in nanoseconds things we shouldn’t be doing at all.”
– Gerald Bracey

Education policymakers and technology providers have joined forces to accelerate a longtime push for “test data-driven” education interventions. Both sectors look to computer-based curricula and data collected with online tests to control classrooms and define educational outcomes.

Support Testing Reform on Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, November 29, is “Giving Tuesday,” a national time for generous donors like you to provide much needed funding for the non-profits whose work they support

To help eliminate high-stakes standardized exams, please take advantage of this special day to support FairTest.

Simply go to http://www.fairtest.org and use the red “Donate” button at the top right.

Test-Optional Admissions list Tops 900 Colleges and Universities

for further information, contact:
Bob Schaeffer (239) 395-6773                                         
          mobile  (239) 699-0468

 

for immediate release Monday, November 13, 2016

Overhauling Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning: New Opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Overhauling Assessment to Improve Teaching and Learning:

New Opportunities under the Every Student Succeeds Act

 

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates valuable opportunities to replace standardized tests with performance assessments. These can promote the engagement, creativity and critical thinking skills that have been stifled by teaching to standardized tests.

Fighting for Assessment Reform under ESSA

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest version of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It replaces the widely despised “No Child Left Behind.” The new law presents both opportunities and dangers for the testing resistance and reform movement.

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