Testing Reform and Resistance News: April 4 -10, 2013

School testing season is underway, with stories covering boycotts, opt-out campaigns, rallies and, unfortunately, scandals in hundreds of media outlets around the nation.

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Lessons from Atlanta Cheating Scandal
   http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/04/07/-atlanta-school-cheating-scandal-column/2044107/

NY Parents Plan Boycott of Common Core Tests
    http://www.lohud.com/article/20130409/NEWS/304090100/Parents-plan-boycott-Common-Core-tests-kids

Long Island Parents Opt Kids Out of Standardized Tests
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/03/l-i-parents-opting-kids-out-of-nys-standardized-tests/

Testing Parents' Resolve
    http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Testing-parents-resolve-4418624.php

Kentucky School District Wants Project Based Learning to Outshine Testing
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/jan-june13/learning_04-03.html

Pennsylvania Parents Support Opt-Out Call
    http://delcotimes.com/articles/2013/04/03/news/doc515cf3f68aed9434826079.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Why I Won't Let My Son Take High-Stakes Standardized Tests
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/07/mom-why-i-wont-let-my-son-take-high-stakes-standardized-test/

Former Massachusetts Test Booster Now Says Exam Fixation Hurts Learning and Teaching
    http://www.telegram.com/article/20130404/NEWS/104049899/1020

New Jersey Parents Join Growing Standardized Test Boycott
    http://www.northjersey.com/franklinlakes/New_Jersey_parents_join_boycott_of_state_standardized_tests.html

North Carolina Test Foes Plan "Zombie Rally"
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/04/07/3966735/zombie-rally-set-to.html#storylink=rss

N.Y. Educator Retires Because Tests Are Replacing Creativity
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/goodbye_mr_conti_a_westhill_hi.html

School District Pushes Back Against State-Mandated Testing
    http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/District-pushes-back-against-state-testing-4416602.php

Tulsa, Oklahoma, Parents Opt Children Out of Practice Tests
    http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Jenks_parents_opt_out_students_from_field_tests/20130404_19_A9_JENKSJ213450

Minnesota Needs New Student Testing System
   http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/201534661.html

A Future Stuck in the Pipeline: The Link Between High-Stakes Testing and Zero-Tolerance Discipline
   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/sns-201304031700--tms--rkoehlerctnbk-a20130404-20130404,0,3499029.column

Revised NJ Teacher Evaluation Regulations Reduce Scores' Weight
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/04/state_dept_of_education_revise.html

Bill Gates: Don't Evaluate Teachers By Test Results Alone
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bill-gates-a-fairer-way-to-evaluate-teachers/2013/04/03/c99fd1bc-98c2-11e2-814b-063623d80a60_story.html

"When Education Goes Wrong: Taking the Creativity and Play out of Learning"
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZzFM1MHz_M

Why I Won't Quit: A Good Teachers Letter of Resolution
    http://christinemccartney.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/my-letter-of-resignation/

Reclaiming the Conversation on Education Conference: May 4 in NYC and Online
    http://reclaimingconversation.blogspot.com/

United Opt-Out Campaign Tool Kit
    http://unitedoptout.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/United-Opt-Out-UOO-DocumentationSept2012Final.pdf

Tennessee Moves to Link Welfare Benefits to Children's Test Scores -- a retrograde initiative in a sea of positive news
    http://thegrio.com/2013/04/01/tennessee-bill-welfare-benefits-depend-on-childs-school-performance/