As the Opt Out Movement has grown, an organization known as FairTest has stepped in to offer information about the goings-on of the opt out world – including how to opt out and what the consequences may or may not be depending on where you live.
Keep in mind that the Education Commission of the States also provided information on Opt Out – and that this was not an accident.
Today, FairTest has shown its true colors, and who its allies actually are.
By informing its readers that “the pending Congressional overhaul of ‘No Child Left Behind’ will not in any way undermine the national, grassroots high-stakes testing resistance,” and that “it provides additional incentives for parents, students, teachers, administrators and community leaders leaders to press for even more meaningful assessment reforms at the national, state and local levels,” FairTest has revealed that it is either clueless (which I highly doubt) or has an alternate and well-hidden agenda.
Read this interview with Monty Neil, founder of FairTest, on the National Institute for Student-Centered Instruction, and now read here to find out what “student-centered” actually means. Hint: it’s not what you think.
Please be aware that investors have been waiting patiently for the shift from the “big end of the year test” to the embedded, competency-based testing that White House advocated for in its recent Testing Action Plan.
No, it is not a coincidence that McGraw-Hill sold its summative testing branch to focus on the growing formative assessment market.
It is also not a coincidence that the very same companies that worked behind the scenes with PARCC and SBAC are now stepping in to take over your state assessment system.
If the new ESEA passes, the testing industry wins.
Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing, and call your legislators to tell them to vote no on ESEA. Yes, we need change….