Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 3 - 9, 2019

As annual school tests get underway in more states, the pace of assessment reform action -- from opting out to pressing for legislation to roll back testing overkill -- continues to escalate.  Add in the fallout from the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal plus renewed interest in overhauling teacher licensing exam requirements and it's not surprising that the resources on

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 27 - April 2, 2019

This is peak testing season for both public schools and college admissions, making it nearly impossible to keep up with all the news.  FairTest.org is seeing a sharp spike in visitors looking for information about opting out from state-mandated K-12 standardized exams (http://www.f

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 20 - 26, 2019

The still-unfolding college admissions scandal continues to dominate testing-related news, and FairTest is at the center of many stories.  At the same time, coverage of a steady stream of K-12 assessment reform initiatives demonstrates the growing strength of the grassroots movement dedicated to ending standardized exam misuse and overuse.  Fallout from reliance on flawed tests to select and evaluate teachers is a major theme in many of this week's clips.

National It's Up to Betsy Devos as States Seek to Revise ESSA Plans

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 13 -19, 2019

Not surprisingly, the huge, national college admissions scandal -- with a major testing component -- dominated this week's education news.  The fact that so many other stories about standardized exams also appeared attests to the power of parents, educators and activists in making assessment reform a powerful issue.

Florida Students Get More Time for Test Prep, Not Learning

Testing Resistance & Reform News March 6 - 12, 2019


The advent of public school testing season brings with it heightened grassroots pressure for meaningful assessment reform.  From third-grade promotion exams to high school graduation tests to exam-score-based teacher evaluations, policymakers are responding to concerns from parents, students, educators and community leaders. 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 27 - March 5, 2019


Ever-growing numbers of Americans are coming to understand that decades of test-and-punish policies have failed to boost educational quality or enhance equity.  Many states are getting the message and backing away from high-stakes exams, as this week's news stories and commentaries demonstrate.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 20 - 26, 2019

Each week there's more evidence that parents, educators and students are fed up with testing overkill.  Campaigns to replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with authentic assessments are succeeding in many locations.  Send FairTest news of your victories to share with our more than 2,000 subscribers to these free updates.  Remember that your friends and allies can sign up at:

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 13 - 19, 2019

Assessment reform stories from more than a third of all 50 states in just the past week demonstrate the breadth and depth of the movement to replace standardized exam overkill with better forms of assessment.  FairTest staff stands ready to assist local activists with their campaigns -- just contact us via email or phone.   

Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 6 - 12, 2019

With Spring testing season on the horizon, parents and educators are mobilizing increasing pressure on policy makers to implement meaningful assessment reforms. Let FairTest know how we can help support your local campaigns.

Connecticut Principal Accused of Test-Tampering Will Lose Teaching Certificate

Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 30 - February 5, 2019

Progress on many elements of the assessment reform agenda is visible in this week's news clips.  Among the top priorities for 2019 and beyond:

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