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No profit left behind: In the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up.

Stephanie Simon, Politico, February 10, 2015  The British publishing giant Pearson had made few inroads in the United States — aside from distributing the TV game show “Family Feud” — when it announced plans in the summer of 2000 to spend $2.5 billion on an American testing company. It turned out to be an exceptionally […]

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Legislation Would Help States Rethink Testing Systems, Pare Back Tests

Alyson Klein, Education Week’s blog Politics K-12, December 9, 2014   States that want to carefully consider the number and type of tests they offer—and maybe make some changes to their regimens—would get an assist from a federal grant program aimed at improving assessments, under a bill introduced Monday by Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., a […]

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Testing resistance and reform news

Bob Schaeffer, FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing, September 16, 2014 It’s only the middle of September but assessment reformers have already recorded an initial set of “wins” for the new school year: Pittsburgh significantly reduced district-mandated testing, and Florida suspended a controversial statewide reading exam. Building on successes of the recent past, escalating […]

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I am pro-child, and I opt out

Sarah Lahm, Twin Cities Daily Planet, April 7, 2014 Tonight, I will be in St. Cloud, speaking to a group of parents about how and why to opt their children out of the upcoming MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests. I have also recently connected with parents in a district just north of the Twin Cities, […]

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Amid rising costs, school districts rethink their use of standardized testing

Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press, March 15, 2014 – A growing number of Minnesota districts are taking stock of the tests they give students. And they are asking tough questions about them: How many are really necessary? How often? Which exams tell the most? Spending on standardized testing fees that districts and charter schools report to the […]

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Privilege, Test Scores, and High Expectations

Michael Diedrich, Minnesota 2020, March 11, 2014 – Test scores, once seen as a way to force schools to have higher expectations of their students, have instead placed a ceiling and walls around what many schools expect of their students. A reevaluation of this approach is overdue. For one perspective on this, we can look to the […]

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Testing Resistance and Reform Spring Launched

Lisa Guisbond, Huffington Post, February 21, 2014 – Campaigns against the overuse and misuse of standardized testing are exploding across the nation. Many parents, teachers, students and activists agree that one-size-fits-all exams produce narrow, misleading snapshots of U.S. children and public schools. State and local policy makers are starting to heed their constituents’ message by reducing […]

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