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Lisa Guisbond
Lisa Guisbond is an Assessment Reform Analyst at the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) in Cambridge, MA. After many years as a writer and editor, Lisa Guisbond became interested in education policy as a public school parent with an interest in special education. She is Executive Director of Citizens for Public Schools and is the principal author of NCLB’s Lost Decade for Educational Progress: What Can We Learn from this Policy Failure? and the Campaign for the Education of the Whole Child. She co-authored Failing Our Children: How 'No Child Left Behind' Undermines Quality and Equity in Education.” Her writing on education and assessment has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Education Week, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, USA Today and The New York Times. She served on the MCAS and Assessment subcommittee of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's Readiness Project.

Entries by Lisa Guisbond

The Testing Opt-Out Movement Explodes, and the Empire Strikes Back

(8) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Education policymakers and elected officials can no longer ignore or trivialize the test resistance movement. It's become too massive. In a historic example of civil disobedience this spring, around 200,000 New York parents opted out of high-stakes standardized testing for their children. That's more than triple last year's numbers. New...

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Testing Resistance and Reform Spring Launched

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 8:37 AM

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 testing overkill.

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NCLB Crashed and Burned -- When Will We Ever Learn?

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:32 PM

It's 2014, the year all U.S. public schools were going to reach 100 percent student proficiency, thanks to No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

No, you didn't miss the fanfare. One hundred percent proficiency didn't happen. Not even close. In fact, our classrooms are making even less progress...

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What Would MLK Say About the Fight Against High-Stakes Testing?

(5) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 4:03 PM

It's tempting to wonder what Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. would say about the growing national movement against high-stakes testing, as we celebrate his lifelong work for equality. King's vision of racial justice was broad and deep. We know from his writings that he valued equal educational opportunity...

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Chicago Teachers Say No to High-Stakes Testing Madness

(22) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 2:42 PM

Sometimes things get so crazy in our schools that classroom educators must use their "Teacher Voice" to restore sanity. That's what is happening in Chicago, where striking public school teachers are shouting "enough is enough" to test-driven school reform schemes. The strike is just the latest, and loudest, example of...

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