The school year is barely underway, but testing resistance and reform actions are already escalating across the nation. In an attempt to slow the momentum and maintain the test-and-punish status quo, state and federal politicians continue to push back deadlines for implementing new exams and suspend punitive consequences. But parents, educators, students, community leaders and local officials will not relent until there is genuine assessment reform, ending standardized exam misuse and overuse.
This week's biggest assessment reform news was the vote to "opt out" of state-mandated standardized exams by the Lee County, Florida School Board. Though that was the most dramatic action so far this school year, we are seeing more and more local officials across the nation speaking out against testing overkill. As grassroots activists, educators, and experts ratchet up the pressure, expect more politicians to join the chorus of Americans saying, "Enough is enough!"
Across the U.S., students are returning to classrooms where even more time will be devoted to standardized exam preparation and administration. Over the summer, some districts developed hundreds of new tests to comply with mandates from federal and state politicians who are still not listening to their constituents (http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/collier-must-create-more-than-7...). Not surprisingly, the escalating testing frenzy is additional motivation for the nation's growing assessment reform movement.