UIC Monty Neill event – save the date Feb. 15th

CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education) welcomes Monty Neill, FairTest executive director and chair of the national Forum on Educational Accountability, who will address

A decade of failed testing policy
What the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act should look like
• Strategies for winning: local and national action

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cardinal Room at UIC’s Student Center East (701 S. Halsted at Polk, public parking in structure across Halsted)
Monty Neill, Ed.D., Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (http://www.fairtest.org/), 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, disability and parent organizations to work toward fundamental change in the assessment of students and in accountability. He chairs the national Forum on Educational Accountability (http://www.edaccountability.org/), an alliance working to overhaul the No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act. FEA bases its actions on the Joint Organizational Statement on NCLB, signed by more than 150 national groups. Under his leadership, FairTest has collaborated on testing reform efforts with organizations in many states.
This event is free and open to the public.  Co-sponsored by the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, the UIC Asian American Studies Program, and Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE).
Additional support has been provided by: the School of the Art Institute, Department of Art Education; Concordia University Chicago, College of Graduate and Innovative Programs; National-Louis University College of Education; DePaul University School of Law; Northeastern Illinois University College of Education; DePaul University College of Education; Cultural & Educational Policy Studies, Loyola University Chicago; Mansfield Institute, Roosevelt University.

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