FAIRTEST: The Resistance to Test Mania Grows Stronger

If the issues were not so serious, watching test-and-punish advocates backpedal in the face of the rapidly growing testing resistance movement would be great entertainment. From U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan crying crocodile tears about the impacts of the very policies he advocated, to Rhode Island Commissioner Deborah Grist’s sudden embrace of an even longer suspension of the graduation testing requirements she long defended, to Florida Governor Rick Scott promising a commission to review the testing overkill his political allies imposed (a stalling tactic also adopted by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie), politicians are beginning to wake up to the power of grassroots activism. At the same time, courageous local leaders — such as a Colorado Superintendent, several Florida school committees and the Vermont State Board of Education — are pushing the envelope by calling for a moratorium on standardized testing to allow for development of better assessments.


No question that 2014-2015 is going to be a most exciting school year for assessment reformers as PBS education reporter John Merrow makes clear in his predictions!


Colorado District Superintendent Wants to End Standardized Testing


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Feds Tell Florida: Test English Language Learners in English ASAP


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Palm Beach School Board Considers Opting Out From Florida State Testing


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Hundreds Endorse Lee County Opt-Out Petition (now almost 1000 signers)


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Florida Lags on ACT . . . Again


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Governor Calls for Review of Florida Standardized Testing Policies


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Undermining Kindergarten in Illinois, One Test at a Time


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Chicago Teachers Report on How to Organize a Test Boycott


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Illinois Super Tells Parents What Matters Most in Education


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New Massachusetts Teachers Union Head: How Tests Are Failing Our Schools


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Concerns Grow as New Mexico Shifts to Computerized Testing


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New Mexico Teachers Say State Evaluation System Does Not Effectively Measure Performance


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Why New York State Common Core Test Scores Should Be Ignored


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Final Opt-Out Numbers Show Movement Jumped in New York City


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Wanted: The Whole Truth About New York State Exams


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Rhode Island Commissioner Back Tracks: Now Supports Longer Delay in Grad Test Requirement


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Texas Suspends Math Grade Promotion Test Requirement


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Vermont Calls on Feds to Overhaul NCLB Testing Policy


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See Vermont State Board of Education Resolution


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Vermont Secretary of Education Speaks Out Against Standardized Testing


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Federal Stubbornness Falsely Labels Washington Schools as “Failing”


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Parents Want an End to the Testing Obsession


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Kindergarten “Sweat Shop” Testing Frenzy Comes Under Fire


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Predictions for the New School Year: Growing Resistance to High-Stakes Testing Tops the List


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Duncan Offers States One-Year Postponement on Test-Based Teacher Evaluation


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See FairTest News Release


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Administrators Pledge Ethical Treatment of Children Whose Families Choose to Opt Out


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Report Urges Fewer Tests, More Peer Review


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Education News: Groundhog Day All Over Again?


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Standardized Testing Is Really Great: Two Poems


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Public TV Airs Two Videos Showing Excellent Schools Using Healthy Assessment (check websites for dates, times and channels)


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Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director

FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing


office- (239) 395-6773 fax- (239) 395-6779

mobile- (239) 696-0468

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