Testing Reform in the News -- August 15-22, 2012

Lots of good articles in the past week about the still growing resistance to high-stakes testing as well as better ways to assess students, educators and schools. Remember to check out FairTest fact sheets on many of these topics available free online at http://www.fairtest.org -- you will find them very helpful for your advocacy work, letter writing, etc.

California Bill to Stop Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Clears Major Hurdle
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teacher-eval-20120817,0,4167806.story

Testing Can't Be Districts' Driving Force -- Editorial Sanity from Deep in the Heart of Texas
http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/Testing-can-t-be-districts-driving-force-3796545.php

Labeling Schools "Low Achieving" Doesn't Fix the Problem
http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2012/08/we_can_take_steps_to_fix_publi.html

Everything You've Heard About Failing Schools is Wrong -- a long, wonderfully detailed read
http://www.motherjones.com/media/2012/08/mission-high-false-low-performing-school

Scholastic Honors "Cool Schools" That Deemphasize High-Stakes Testing
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2012/08/17/20120817arizona-schools-coolest-list.html

Chicken Little and the Annual Test Score Release
http://vtdigger.org/2012/08/20/mathis-chicken-little-and-the-annual-test-score-release/

Supers Criticize Irrational, Unrealistic Testing Standards
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/19326067/superintendents-voice-concerns-with-ayp

More Third-Grade High-Stakes Testing -- States Adopt Exam-Based Retention
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2012/08/a_busy_year_for_states_third-grade_reading_policies.html

Music Teacher Fails Math Test, May Lose Job
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/article/268508/3/Music-teacher-fails-math-test-may-lose-job

Former State Ed Super Wined and Dined by Testing Company
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9f8a27291f574d2da7a91636eaa7ee35/OH--Ohio-Schools-Superintendent-Probe