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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: August 7 - 13, 2019

It may feel like mid-summer, but public schools are already opening in many states this week.  As students and educators return to classrooms, debates around standardized testing are heating up.  Activists are planning to win many more assessment reform victories in  the 2019-2020 academic year.

Colorado Test-Score Fixation Makes It Hard to Promote Better Teaching Practices

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.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 19 - 25, 2019

As the last classrooms close for summer break, it's a good time to look back -- the past year has been among the best ever for the testing reform movement: more states eliminating exit exams; successful campaigns to rollback test-driven school grading schemes and the fastest ACT/SAT-optional growth rate in history.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 12 - 18, 2019

Though most public schools across the U.S. have closed for the summer, there are still plenty of stories about effective campaigns to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse. Encourage your friends and allies to sign up for these updates so they can receive important news and tools -

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 5 - 11, 2019

Along with this week's news about assessment reform progress, FairTest offers two freshly updated resources for activists to use in their local campaigns and journalists to reference for their reporting:
   - a chronology of computer testing problems
           https://www.fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology
   - history of test design, administration, and scoring failures by Pearson, the world's largest testing company

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