Here are some helpful Web sites and organizations that shed light on the controversy over testing.

Web Resources and Organizations

Education Commission of the States: Assessment
This page gives an overview of the issue, links to what states are doing in relation to testing and assessment, and also provides links to additional resources.

CRESST: The National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing
Based at UCLA, CRESST is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement. It conducts research on topics related to K-12 educational testing.

National Assessment of Educational Progress
Since 1969, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card, has assessed the academic performance of fourth, eighth and 12th graders in a range of subjects.

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing (FairTest)
FairTest is an advocacy organization that describes its mission as “working to end the abuses, misuses and flaws of standardized testing and ensure that evaluation of students and workers is fair, open and educationally sound.”

A Policymaker’s Primer on Education Research
Check this site for information on how to easily understand the research that has been done on testing and other areas of education research.

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