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Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 5 - 11, 2021

With the spring 2021 "testing for the sake of testing" charade getting underway, many parents are responding by opting their children out of pointless standardized exams. Initial reports indicate record numbers of public school children will not bother sitting for this year's tests. On New York State's Long Island, for example, fully half of all students in grades three through eight declined to take the state exams.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 28 -May 4, 2021

Though many public school classrooms remain closed with millions of children still learning remotely, the Spring 2021 "Testing for the Purpose of . .

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 21 -27, 2021

The Biden Administration's seemingly fickle decisions about standardized exam waivers has resulted in a patchwork quilt of spring 2021 assessment practices. Some states are not administering exams at all this academic year while others are allowing students to opt-out in large numbers without penalties.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 14 - 20, 2021

School testing season is underway in many jurisdictions, but a record number of families are refusing to participate in pointless games dictated by inside-the-DC-Beltway politicians and ideologues.  The breadth and depth of pushback by parents, teachers, and policy makers at the state and local levels is unprecedented as opt-out movements rapidly expand across the nation. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 7 - 13, 2021

From organizing broad test opt-out campaigns to lobbying for the suspension of high-stakes consequences from test scores, students, parents, teachers and community leaders are forcing policy makes to admit that standardized exams administered this year to comply with politically motivated federal mandates will not be fair, valid or educationally sound.  The range of effective strategies and tactics employed by grassroots activists is impress

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 31 - April 6, 2021

Pressed by grassroots activists and educators, states are pushing back against the Biden Administration's stubborn refusal to allow schools to suspend standardized exams this spring.  Several have already won waivers allowing them to cut back time devoted to testing and eliminate consequences for test results.  Many have lifted their own high-stakes assessment requirements. More advocacy is needed to force policy makers to recognize the reality of an ongoing pandemic -- test results will be neither fair, valid nor educationally helpful.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 24 - 30, 2021

The U.S. Department of Education's initial refusal to grant broad waivers of federal standardized exam mandates this year has set the stage for a high-stakes political fight.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 17 - 23, 2021

Angry parents, educators and many state policy makers are pushing back aggressively against the Biden Administration's refusal to grant comprehensive waivers from spring 2021 student testing mandates.  The decision by DC-insiders to double down on administering standardized exams as schools just begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed a broad, diverse opt-out movement and renewed calls for meaningful assessment reforms.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 10 - 16, 2021

From coast to coast angry parents, educators, community leaders and policy makers are pushing back at the Biden Administration's refusal to issue blanket waivers suspending spring 2021 federal testing mandates during a pandemic.  Leaders in several states are continuing to advocate for their original test cancellation proposals. Elsewhere education officials are responding by eliminating their own state and local testing requirements. Simultaneously, activists are planning for massive test opt-out campaigns.  Assessment reformers should keep pressing for:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 3 - 9, 2021

The backlash to the Biden Administration's refusal to grant states "blanket" waivers from spring 2021 federal testing requirements is sharp and growing rapidly.  Here's FairTest's agenda:

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