Testing Reform in the News: December 21 - December 27, 2012

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NC State Super: Testing Craze Wastes Taxpayer Dollars
  http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/21/3739031/morrison-177-state-tests-waste.html#storylink=cpy

Top-Down Testing Programs Send Wrong Message to Students and Teachers
  http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/overabundance-tests-schools-sends-wrong-message-article-1.1224846

Pressure Builds for Texas Test System Overhaul
  http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Texas-lawmakers-eye-falling-STAAR-4142444.php

The Gap Between Education Research and Testing Policy
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jack-jennings/mind-the-gap_2_b_2324262.html

FairTest Fact Sheet: Why Teacher Evaluation Shouldn't Rest on Student Test Scores
  http://fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Teacher-Evaluation-FactSheet-10-12.pdf

Hearts and Souls of American Teachers  -- A School Board Leader Speaks Out
   http://www.chronicleonline.com/content/hearts-and-souls-american-teachers#.UNcwqJGY-sk.mailto

4,000 Rhode Island Teachers Sign Petition Against New Evaluation System
  http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/12/evaluation-system-puts-ri-teachers-on-edge.html

South Carolina Teachers Criticize Test-Based Grading Plan
   http://www.thestate.com/2012/12/26/2568261/sc-plan-to-grade-teachers-stirs.html#.UNxPCGeDmSp