Educational Institutions

National Center for Fair & Open Testing Inc

  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • www.fairtest.org

Mission Statement

The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) works to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid and educationally beneficial. We place special emphasis on eliminating the racial, class, gender, and cultural barriers to equal opportunity posed by standardized tests, and preventing their damage to the quality of education.

Main Programs

  1. Assessment Reform Programs

ruling year

1986

Executive Director

Self-reported

Dr. Monty Neill

Keywords

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Public Education, Advocacy, Policy Analysis, Assessment, Testing

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Also Known As

FAIRTEST

EIN

22-2653502

 Number

1785334821

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Program 1

Assessment Reform Programs

FairTest has two main programs: K-12 and university admissions. FairTest's K-12 program focuses on the following strategies: -Collaborating with major national education, parent and civil rights organizations to build a powerful base pressing for overhaul of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. -Supporting and aiding campaigns in strategically selected states to stop high-stakes testing, particularly to repeal state graduation and grade promotion exams. -Educating key constituencies about testing misuse and recommended alternatives, and helping mobilize them into effective action. - Building alliances and supporting their work with technical assistance. FairTest's university admissions program focuses on the following strategies: - Making potential students, their parents and others aware of schools that are "test optional" and the opportunities this presents as they navigate the university admissions process. - Providing technical assistance to university and college admissions officers reviewing and changing their admission policies to become "test optional" schools.

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NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAIR & OPEN TESTING, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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National Center for Fair & Open Testing Inc

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Executive Director

Dr. Monty Neill

BIO

Dr. Neill has led FairTest's work on testing in the public schools since 1987. He chairs the Forum on Educational Accountability, an alliance working to overhaul federal education law based on the Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind, signed by more than150 national education, civil rights, disability, parent, religious and civic organizations groups. He also leads Testing Resistance and Reform, a network of local and state organizations. He is on the board of directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Public Schools and is active with the Boston Alliance for Educational Justice.

He has published widely, including in Phi Delta Kappan and Education Week, as well as many newspapers and blogs. He has authored or co-authored numerous reports on testing, testing resistance, and alternative means of assessment and evaluation.

Dr. Neill earned his Doctorate at Harvard University with his dissertation The Struggle of Boston's Black Community for Quality and Equality in Education: 1960-1985. He has taught and been an administrator in pre-school, high school and college, and he is a grandfather of three children in or graduated from public schools.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Sophie SA

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