The Cause

School reform law in the United States currently centers on the use of standardized test results to reward or punish schools, students, and teachers. Aptly labeled “high-stakes testing,” failing scores on state tests are used to deny diplomas to high school seniors, place students in remedial classes, label and sanction schools and districts, and dismiss teachers and other school staff.

The Community

Many parents, educators, and researchers share evidence and concern that the use of high-stakes testing leads to race and class discrimination and privatization of public schools. Large numbers of citizens find support within a nationwide community of internet activists-- a community built on the cause of educaitonal justice, working to reverse the policy and practice of high-stakes testing in public schools. Welcome to The Resistance.

Internet Colleagues Meet in Birmingham to Conference and Provide Support
"Just this past week, I have had many e-mails and several telephone calls from parents who want to know their rights regarding high-stakes standardized testing. Many of them feel bullied and intimidated by school administrators who are so limited in their thinking that they seek only to force compliance to an inhumane testing regimen. It is always a source of strength for me to let them know that we here in Colorado are not alone. This testing madness, I tell them, is going on throughout the country. But we do have sister organizations… This sense of community, despite the geographical distances, makes our cases stronger and our voices more resonant." --Don Perl