Testing Reform in the News -- August 30 - September 10, 2012

A spate of excellent opinion columns in the past week.  In reaction to many journalists' queries about the Chicago teachers strike, we are explaining how this work stoppage fits into the growing national resistance to failed, top-down, test-driven educational policies.

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A True Grassroots Groundswell Has Begun
   http://education.nationaljournal.com/2012/09/calling-all-advocates.php

Minimize Standardized Testing -- A Model Opinion Column
   http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20120831/OPINION02/120830012

One Day, One Test Does Not Determine Accountability
  http://therecordlive.com/2012/08/29/mike-king-one-day-test-determine-accountability/

You're Only Cheating Your Students: The Critical Flaws of High-Stakes Testing
  http://gppreview.com/2012/09/04/the-critical-flaws-of-high-stakes-testing/

High-Stakes Testing Wastes Our Time Money and Talent
  http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-08/opinion/os-ed-florida-fcat-090812-20120907_1_elective-classes-exams-simple-answer

Tests Don't Assess Real Learning
  http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Tests-don-t-assess-real-learning-3842945.php

Audit Questions Impact of Vouchers on Test Scores
  http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/audit-questions-impact-of-voucher-schools-on-test-scores-116mcbs-168088946.html

Lesson from Finland: Gender Equity Matters in Education Reform
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/a-new-finnish-lesson-why-gender-equality-matters-in-school-reform/2012/09/05/3703ad4c-f778-11e1-8253-3f495ae70650_blog.html

Test-and-Punish Doesn't Educate But It's Profitable for Testing Companies
  http://truth-out.org/news/item/11361-outing-act-test-and-punish-doesnt-educate-but-is-profitable-for-testing-companies