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Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 9 - 15, 2020

A major fight is shaping up pitting Trump Administration Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her inside-the-Beltway, stay-the-course testing allies against local school boards, teacher unions, and assessment reform activists around the issue of resuming high-stakes, mandatory standardized exams during the current school year.  Make no mistake about it: this is primarily a political and ideological controversy, not an educational one.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 9 - 15, 2020

A major fight is shaping up pitting Trump Administration Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her inside-the-Beltway, stay-the-course testing allies against local school boards, teacher unions, and assessment reform activists around the issue of resuming high-stakes, mandatory standardized exams during the current school year.  Make no mistake about it: this is primarily a political and ideological controversy, not an educational one.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 2 - 8, 2020

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has laid down a direct challenge to assessment reformers around the nation.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 26 - September 1, 2020

Thanks to everyone who has responded so far to FairTest's 35th anniversary fundraising request, especially for the many positive comments about the value of our assessment reform initiatives such as these weekly news updates.  If you did not have the opportunity to contribute (we know there was a technical problem with the "button" in some emails), you can still support FairTest's leadership by clicking here:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 19 - 25, 2020

Election Season 2020 is well underway -- November 3

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 12 -18, 2020

With more public schools planning to re-open in the next few weeks, either on-line or in-person, the debate over whether students should face mandatory standardized exams in the coming year is escalating.  Make sure your local elected officials know where you stand.  K-12 education policymakers should follow the lead of higher education -- almost 65% of colleges and universities have already eliminated ACT/SAT test requirements for fall 2021 applicants with many more in the pipeline

National Why Bother Academic Testing in 2021?

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 5 - 11, 2020

The debate over whether students, teachers, and schools should face annual testing mandates -- if classrooms reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic -- is escalating.  At both the federal and state levels, policymakers need to hear from their constituents -- particularly public education stakeholders -- about the need to continue standardized exam waivers for at least another year.  Colleges and graduate schools continue to provide

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 29 - August 5, 2020

In the midst of an uncontrolled pandemic, it makes no sense to force schools to administer standardized exam to K-12 students or college applicants.  You can help give FairTest the muscle to continue leading effective, campaigns for public school test suspensions and ACT/SAT-optional admissions policies.  Contribute today to keep winning assessment reform victories!  Click

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 22 - 28, 2020

The test-and-punish customary suspects are circling the wagons in an attempt to pre-empt widespread waivers of standardized exam mandates for the upcoming school year (if and when it begins).

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 15 - 21, 2020

As schools plan to re-open this fall or winter, at least in some form, two states, Georgia and Michigan, have already requested waivers from federal testing requirements for the 2020-2021 academic year. Make sure your state becomes part of the rapidly growing assessment reform movement -- contact FairTest for model proposals and strategic guidance.

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