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I and others around the country came together last summer to discuss the over testing of our students. We knew that there are parents, students and teachers coming together around the country in large cities and small townships, resisting the high stakes testing, demanding more class time with teachers instead and opting out of testing altogether.
We decided to draw upon our resources and create a website that will provide information on events, workshops and actions that are happening around the country in respect to testing, the Common Core Standards that are pressuring school districts to increase the amount of testing done and opting out of standardized tests that do not accurately measure a student’s understanding of the subject matter or how well a teacher is able to provide the information in a way that aids in a student’s understanding of the subject.
The website will also provide links to information on tests, opting out of high stakes testing, the truth about the Common Core Standards and anything else related to these subjects.
To follow is an excerpt from the press release that was sent out yesterday:
Widespread resistance to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing is exploding across the nation. Testing Resistance & Reform Spring (TRRS) is an alliance of organizations that have come together to expand these efforts in order to win local, state and national policy changes: Less testing, more learning.
To ensure that assessment contributes to all students having full access to an equitable, high-quality education, we unite around three goals:
1. Stop high-stakes use of standardized tests
2. Reduce the number of standardized exams, saving time and money for real learning
3. Replace multiple-choice tests with performance-based assessments and evidence of learning from students’ ongoing classwork (“multiple measures”)
We support a range of public education and mobilizing tactics, including community meetings, boycotts, opt-out campaigns, rallies, petition drives and legislation. TRRS will help activists link up, communicate and learn from one another. This will build a stronger national movement to overhaul assessment policies.
Information now available on the website includes:
(These files will automatically download into your document file.)
We invite other organizations to join Testing Resistance & Reform Spring as Partners.
Network for Public Education
Parents Across America
Save Our Schools
United Opt Out
Wayne Au, Assoc. Prof., University of Washington, Bothel
Anthony Cody, Teacher, Blogger
Nikhil Goyal, Student, Activist
Jesse Hagopian, Teacher, Garfield High School, Seattle, Washington
Angela Valenzuela, Professor, U-Texas, Austin
George Wood, Superintendent, Federal Hocking Local Schools, Stewart, Ohio
Coalition for Essential Schools
K-12 News Network
National Latino/a Education Research and Policy (NLERAP)
State and local level
Change the Stakes (NY)
Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education (CReATE)
Citizens for Public Schools (MA)
Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) (KY)
Jefferson County Teachers Association (KY)
More Than a Score (Chicago)
New York State Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE)
Opt Out Orlando (FL)
Parents United for Responsible Education (Chicago)
ReThinking Testing Midhudson Region (NY)
Social Equality Educators (Seattle)
Students 4 Our School (Denver)
SWside Parents Alliance (Chicago)
Teacher Activist Group – TAG Boston
Texas Center for Education Policy
Time Out from Testing (NY)
Youth Organizers for the Now Generation (YOUNG) (Boston)
You can contact us at TRRS@fairtest.org.