Organize to Overhaul Testing and Accountability

Session Presenter: Monty Neill
Session Type(s): Presentation
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This interactive workshop will focus on presenting, discussing and developing ideas on organizing for assessment and accountability reform. Initial organizing ideas we will consider include: using the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing; ways to educate and involve various communities; opt-outs and boycotts; use of media; “bird-dogging” electoral candidates; informing and persuading legislators and policymakers. Each topic will be presented briefly, then discussed. We will assume understanding of problems with high-stakes testing and discuss them in relation to the organizing efforts (e.g., when to focus on specific issues). Materials relevant to these topics are available at

Session Speaker

Monty Neill

Monty Neill – FairTestMonty Neill, Ed.D., is currently Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). He has led FairTest’s work on testing in the public schools since 1987. He has initiated national and state coalitions of education, civil rights, religious and parent organizations to work toward fundamental change in the assessment of students and in accountability. Neill currently chairs the Forum on Educational Accountability, an alliance working to overhaul federal education law (the No Child Left Behind Act, in particular) based on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB, signed by nearly 150 national groups. Under his leadership, FairTest has worked on graduation tests and other high-stakes tests with organizations in many states.Among many publications, he is co-author of Failing Our Children, a report analyzing the federal No Child Left Behind Act and providing guidance toward new, helpful accountability systems. He led the National Forum on Assessment in developing Principles and Indicators for Student Assessment Systems, signed by over 80 national and regional education and civil rights organizations. He also authored Implementing Performance Assessments: A Guide to Classroom School and System Reform, and Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems, the first comprehensive evaluation of all 50 state testing programs. [Please Read No Child Left Behind Is Not Closing the Achievement Gap.
At Issue: Has No Child Left Behind Been Good for Education?

He earned a Doctorate at Harvard University with his dissertation The Struggle of Boston’s Black Community for Quality and Equality in Education: 1960-1985. [Read Africa in Boston; A Critical Analysis of Mandela, Massachusetts] He has taught and been an administrator in pre-school, high school and college, and he is a grandfather of three children in the public schools (