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.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 8 - 14, 2020

Two steps forward, one step back.  At the same time assessment reform activists are pressing to have standardized exams waived for the upcoming school year -- if classes even resume this fall -- the test-and-punish crowd is pushing to restore previous requirements  .  .  .  and then some! 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 1 - 7, 2020

The movement to suspend standardized testing requirements at least for the 2020-2021 academic year is growing rapidly at both the K-12 and college admissions levels.  Now is the time for activists to seize the opportunity created by COVID-19 school closures to press for lasting assessment reforms.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 24 - 30, 2020

Building on recent successes (no K-12 standardized exams this past spring and 1,250 colleges now ACT/SAT-optional), activists  -- often with FairTest assistance and materials -- are turning their attention to extending testing suspensions for at least another year. To help win more victories, please support FairTest's assessment reform leadership -- including these weekly updates -- by making as generous as possible a contribution today.  Either click here:

Testing Resistance & Reform News June 17 - 23, 2020

This week's top story describes in rich detail the current opportunity for assessment reformers to transform educational testing across the U.S.   Be sure to read the piece to the end to see FairTest's agenda for K-12 testing reform. Now is the time to connect with like-minded individuals in your state and community.  Feel free to contact FairTest for assistance building winning local campaigns!

National The Beginning of the End for U.S. Testing Obsession, Including Initial Steps for Assessment Reform

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