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Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 8 - 14, 2021

Standardized test scores from spring 2021 continue to trickle out. So far, however, there's little evidence that the results are being used to addressed the pandemic's fully-expected impact, as testing advocates had promised.  Rhetoric abounds, but it's hard to find concrete examples of states, districts or schools targeting resources to the neediest students or making other significant educational policy changes.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 1 - 7 , 2021

Earlier this year, many readers of this newsletter endorsed the "National Call to Suspend High-Stakes Testing in Spring 2021." Among the arguments made in that statement: "[T]he results won't be valid, reliable or useful. We don't need test scores to know that low-income children in poorly resourced school have fallen even further behind in a pandemic.” and “The time and resources required to test students this year would be better spent educating and supporting them.”  

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 25 - 31, 2021

"Warning" signs abound as more states release scores from spring 2021, pandemic-influenced annual exams.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 18 -24, 2021

More states are reporting spring 2021 standardized exam scores with totally predictable results.  But there's little concrete evidence that the data is being used to improve educational quality and equity in public school classrooms.  So far, the exercise seems little more than another example of "testing for the sake of testing." 

National Schools Should Not Obsess Over Pandemic "Learning Loss"

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 11 - 17, 2021

As classrooms reopen for the fall with debates over face masks and other COVID protection policies, some states remain fixated on standardized test results, not the health and safety of students, educators and school support personnel.  To the surprise of no one, exam performance declined last spring in the midst of a pandemic.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 4 - 10, 2021

A new school year starts this week with classrooms opening in several states, particularly in the south.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 28 - August 2, 2021

Is meaningful testing reform really possible in the current environment?  Check out this recent news story to see an example of what your support of FairTest has accomplished

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

Recognition that high-stakes testing has failed to improve either educational quality of equity continues to spread across the nation.  Increasingly pressure from parents, students, teachers, school leaders and grassroots activists is forcing policy-makers to walk back some of the worst exams of standardized exam misuse and overuse.  There's still a long way to go, but assessment reformers are making real progress.

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

Several states have begun to report spring 2021 standardized exam results.

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

A first step in many successful assessment reform campaigns is encouraging the public -- and policy-makers -- to question the value of standardized exams and recognize that test results are often misleading.  That is exactly what grassroots activists and their academic allies are doing in many states this summer.

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