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Sunday, April 10, 2016

FairTest, and the National Push For Testing Reform

The national opposition to high stakes federally mandated testing has taken root in the American conscience, says the leader of this movement, FairTest

I have spoken with many parents in NYC and I have 4 daughters of my own. I have heard from parents and stakeholders that they want to have nationally funded assessments but only if these assessments are fair, and based upon the curricula and what students are learning in the classroom.
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The Testing Resistance and Reform Movement, Monthly Review
Submitted by fairtest on March 7, 2016 - 3:38pm 
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"[The] refusal to participate in federally mandated testing programs likely represents a turning point in the history of assessment reform in the United States. The next few years will tell, as activists plan to dramatically increase refusals and to win policy changes in the states. Their avowed goals include less testing, an end to high-stakes uses of tests (that is, making decisions about students, educators, or schools solely or primarily on test scores), and implementation of other, educationally sound assessment practices.
"This essay briefly traces the history of testing in public schools from its beginnings in the 1920s, through the counter-productive No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal law, to passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015. It then discusses the recent and rapid emergence of the testing resistance and reform movement."
The article is one in a special Monthly Review issue, The Opt Out Revolt.
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Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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