Testing Reform in the News: December 28, 2012 - January 3, 2013

Happy New Year !  The pace of stories about the accelerating movement against high-stakes testing slowed only slightly over the holidays. 

Let's make 2013 a year of more victories for assessment reformers.  Don't hesitate to call on FairTest for assistance with your local campaigns, and be sure to use the many free resources available at http://www.fairtest.org

Testing: Education's False Proxy Trap
  http://www.golocalprov.com/news/aaron-regunberg-educations-false-proxy-trap/

Standardized Testing is Out of Control
  http://www.policymic.com/articles/21555/standardized-testing-is-completely-out-of-control

Learning About More Than Testing
  http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012212290317&gcheck=1

The Education Reform Dichotomy: Big Choices Ahead
   http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/01/the_education_reform_dichotomy.html#comments

Texas Schools Seek Testing Exemption to Develop "Community-Based Assessment and Accountability System"
   http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130102-school-consortium-seeks-waivers-in-state-and-federal-testing-ratings.ece

"180 Days Spent Well" -- a fine video about what real high-quality education and assessment look like narrated by FairTest Board member Ann Cook
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-p4obRb3yY&feature=youtu.be

Pushback Against Phony "Reforms" is Top Florida Education Story of 2012
  http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/content/time-moderate-florida-sees-pushback-its-education-endeavors-big-story-2012

Inside the Testing Industry -- An Interview with Todd Farley
  http://dianeravitch.net/2012/12/27/11990/