Testing Reform in the News -- August 22 - 29 , 2012

Several positive stories about resistance and assessment alternatives as well as more data about ongoing damage from the high-stakes testing fixation

Resistance to High-Stakes Testing Spreads -- District Administration Magazine Cover Story
    http://www.districtadministration.com/article/resistance-high-stakes-testing-spreads

Regents Asked to Exempt More Schools From Tests -- Consortium Models Better Alternatives
   http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10000872396390444443504577601691103966970-lMyQjAxMTAyMDIwMDAyODA3Wj.html

What New ACT Scores Really Mean -- Test-Driven Education "Reform" is a Colossal Failure
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/what-new-act-college-readiness-scores-really-mean/2012/08/22/c64f0fa6-ec87-11e1-aca7-272630dfd152_blog.html

As School Resumes Testing Grind Looms
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/As-classes-resume-testing-grind-looms-for-many-3815542.php

Test Score Manipulation Spreads in New Jersey, St. Louis, New Orleans and Philadelphia
   http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120828/NJNEWS10/308280012/Investigation-details-how-2-Woodbridge-schools-cheated-state-tests
   http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/7043995d-61c3-58a9-83b2-45cb4250940f.html
   http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2012/08/new_orleans_charter_school_is.html
   http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/43432

A Lousy Way to Evaluate Teachers: Another Model Letter to the Editor from Prof. Stephen Krashen
    http://www.smdp.com/letter-remove-the-requirement/111188

Educators Have No Political Party
   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/23/1123277/-Educators-Have-No-Political-Party