state resources

The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

See FairTest short report on grassroots testing resistance in 8 states/districts based on interviews with activists, The Spring 2013 Testing Reform Uprising.

 

We will post a more detailed report later this summer - so check back.

Press Release: Colorado Springs Parent Launches Campaign for Parent Rights to Guide Children’s Education

Nina  Bishop is asking parents  across the country to join her in  seeking redress from schools that bully children when parents opt them out of oppressive state testing.  Drawing on her own experience of the difficulties encountered when opting children out of the CSAP, a Colorado state test  instituted in compliance with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, Bishop seeks protection under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution.

Monty Neill's second written testimony to Mass Bd of Ed on teacher evaluation

Monty Neill's second written testimony to Mass Bd of Ed on teacher evaluation

Spoken Testimony To The Mass BOE Against Using Student Scores to Judge Teachers


FairTest and allies testified to Mass Board of Education against
proposed educator evaluation proposals; their spoken comments are here.

Testimony to Mass Board of Education against using student scores to judge teachers.

FairTest - NEA State Assessment Reform Conference

Materials from FairTest-National Education Association State Assessment Reform Conference


Transforming State Assessment Systems: Conference Materials

In May 2009, FairTest and the National Education Association held a conference on transforming state assessment systems. Materials from this conference include:

- Potential Principles for Building High-Quality State Assessment Systems (a starting point for conference discussions)

State Resources & Assessment Reform Network

Assessment Reform Network

FairTest's Assessment Reform Network — a national project created to support parents, teachers, students and others who are working to end the overuse and misuse of standardized testing in public education and to promote authentic forms of assessment.

Stories in Assessment Reform

These Stories in Assessment Reform provide a closer look at how school reform activists in various locations have made the case against harmful testing policies and built local and statewide grassroots campaigns to change them.

You can learn their strategies, read and use sample materials, and grasp a better idea of how different tactics have worked in different social and political contexts. You will also learn about pitfalls to avoid.

 

From Chicago

Organizing for Testing Reform

 

The main captions are things you probably will need to think about; the bulleted points are examples of things you might consider/address/do.

 

Identify the problem:
- High Stakes for students or schools/educators [note federal law]
- Impact of testing on curriculum and instruction
- Unequal/inadequate resources despite high-stakes demands
- Too much testing (too many tests, too many grades)

 

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