Posts Tagged ‘Monty Neill’

Citywide testing resistance strategy session Nov 2

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

When FairTest’s Monty Neill comes to town on Friday, Nov 2, for a public forum on testing issues at 7 pm at St Xavier University, he has also agreed to help lead an afternoon citywide strategy session on anti-testing resistance – how we can work across groups, unite behind some common messages, share resources and otherwise build a strong testing resistance in Chicago.

The session will be from 2 to 4 pm on Friday Nov 2nd at the CTU office, 4th floor in the Merchandise Mart.

We realize that this timing will make it difficult or impossible for teachers to attend, but Monty will be meeting separately with the CTU as well. We are hoping that leaders and organizers for parents, education advocacy and community groups and others who would like to become more active around and learn more about testing issues will attend.

We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet and brainstorm with leader of the the nation’s anti-testing movement. (The qr code above will take you to the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing, which Monty spearheaded, with input from PURE, Parents Across America, and others and which you and your group should endorse if you haven’t already!).

Please let me know if you intend to attend or if you have questions:


Testing resistance heating up in Chicago

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

FairTest’s Monty Neill, the undisputed leader of the national testing resistance movement, will be in Chicago on Friday, November 2, for a citywide strategy session on fighting Chicago’s standardized testing insanity, and a public forum on testing issues at 7 pm at St. Xavier University.

Anti-testing fever has been heating up ever since the CTU strike, where the issue of excessive and unfair testing and test-based “accountability” as forcefully and effectively raised by marchers and their picket signs.

I spoke at a forum last week organized by CPS parents from Drummond Montessori School who are interested in opting their children out of testing. I will be sharing some of the same information as part of the panel for the Nov. 2nd forum,

If you are interested in joining the citywide testing resistance strategy session, please contact me. And we urge everyone to come out to hear the amazing Monty Neill on Nov. 2:

Over Testing Forum
Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 pm
Butler Room,  St. Xavier University – 3700 W. 103rd St.

Sponsored by St. Xavier University, 19th Ward Parents, and PURE.

SOS Webinar with Monty Neill Friday

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

From SOS:

Save Our Schools Webinar: Overhauling Testing and Accountability with Monty Neill of FairTest

June 15, 2012, 9 PM Eastern Daylight Time [EDT]

Please Join Us!

FairTest Executive Director Monty Neill will present and lead a discussion in three parts:

1) what is wrong with current testing and accountability;

2) what are some educationally sound goals in these areas; and

3) action steps at local, state and federal levels to overcome the problems and win the goals, such as building on the national Resolution on High-Stakes Testing.

To register for the Webinar Friday, June 15th, 9 PM [EDT]:
If you choose to donate to the Save Our Schools Cause Please go to:

Testing forum with Monty Neill on CAN-TV Sunday

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

From CReATE leaders Diane and Isabel:


Thanks so much for attending the forum on Winning the Testing Battle and giving us thoughtful feedback. We greatly appreciate your interest in receiving information from us.

The forum will be broadcast on CAN TV 21 on Sunday, March 11th at 9 a.m. (and that’s the day we set the clocks forward!). Tell your friends who couldn’t make it to UIC.

Some web resources that might be helpful to you include:

Copies of the CReATE brief on testing, please go to:

United OptOut National – “a movement to end punitive public school testing”  (


Forum for Educational Accountability:

Forum for Education and Democracy:

We are also attaching a powerful work of research on Turnaround Schools written by Dr. Donald Moore of Designs for Change. (report here)

Finally, the next CReATE forum will be held on April 11th at Roosevelt University.  The topic will be safety and discipline in schools.  We will send you a flyer when we have the details.

Please feel free to contact Isabel Nunez ( or Diane Horwitz ( with any questions, comments, ideas.

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

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

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 (, 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 (, 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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Julie Woestehoff is PURE's executive director. Julie's work has earned her a Ford Foundation award and recognition as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Chicago.