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FairTest: A Weekly Update of Test Reform and Resistance

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Here is Bob Schaeffer’s weekly update on the latest news about testing.

As the assessment reform movement monitors Capitol Hill where a congressional conference committee will soon take up the rewrite of “No Child Left Behind,” pressure to cut back testing volume and reduce high-stakes consequences continues to build at the grassroots. Be sure to check out the excellent new public education resources available for your local campaigns listed at the end of the news clips.

National How Changes in the Federal Education Law Might Cut Testing Time
National Still Need to Eliminate Annual Testing Mandate

Multiple States Are the PARCC Consortium Exams Toast?

California Top Education Official Plans Multi-Dimensional State Accountability System

Colorado More Students Than Ever Opted Out of Spring Testing
Colorado Test Scores Don’t Reflect Student Learning or Teacher Commitment

Delaware Opt-Out Supporters Regroup to Overcome Governor’s Veto

Florida School Testing is Like an Old Saturday Night Live Skit

Georgia Superintendent Rolls Back Some State Testing Requirements

Massachusetts Debate About Three-Year Moratorium on High-Stakes Exams

Michigan New State Schools Chief Favors Fewer Tests

Minnesota Scores Delayed After Year of Exam Disruptions

Missouri New Exams Causing Unexpected Test Score Reporting Delay

New Jersey State Senate Passes Opt-Out Resolution

New York State Ed Chancellor Would “Think Twice” Before Subjecting Child With Severe Disability to State Testing
New York Chancellor Tish Should be Held Accountable for Testing Abuse of Children With Disabilities

Pennsylvania Analysis Shows Strong Link Between Poverty and Test Scores
Pennsylvania Testing Mandates Have Narrowed Student Learning

Rhode Island Teacher Survey Shows Negative Response to PARCC Tests

Texas Local Civil Rights Activists Split Over Standardized Testing

Vermont State Leaders Seek Change in Education Testing Standards

Virginia State Seeks Feedback From Parents About School Performance Reports

George Washington University Joins Rapidly Growing Ranks of Test-Optional Colleges

Parents Across America Decries Student Abuse From Test-Related Stress

New Book by “Rog” Lucido — Returning Sanity to the Classroom:Eliminating the Testing Mania

“Education Inc.” Shines Spotlight on Dark Money Beyond Corporate “Reforms”

“Defies Measurement” Shows How U.S. Is Failing Its Public Schools

Education “Reform” Is Malpractice

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing

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