Testing Reform in the News: January 4 - January 9, 2013

The new year kicks off with another excellent set of stories about the growing assessment reform movement and the many flaws of test-driven policies.

Sixth-grader Persuades WashPost Columnist to Support Testing Moratorium
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/class-struggle/post/exceptional-dc-student-educates-me/2013/01/06/b75ce0fa-5761-11e2-8b9e-dd8773594efc_blog.html

Testing Scam Puts Public Schools at Risk
  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-school-testing-myword-010413-20130103,0,1595639.story

Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment Op Ed -- "School Testing System Badly Needs Fixing"
  http://www.statesman.com/news/news/opinion/school-testing-system-badly-needs-fixing/nTjh8/

"The True Cost of High-Stakes Testing" -- Powerpoint presentation by Orlando School Board Member
  http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_education_edblog/2013/01/new-anti-testing-presentation-from-rick-roach.html

What Research Really Says About Florida's Test-Based "Reforms"
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/09/what-research-says-about-floridas-ed-reform-model/

Gates Teacher Evaluation Scheme "Trapped in a World of Circular Reasoing"
  http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/gates-still-doesnt-get-it-trapped-in-a-world-of-circular-reasoning-flawed-frameworks/

To Test or Not To Test -- National Opt-Out Day Debate
  http://www.mlive.com/opinion/muskegon/index.ssf/2013/01/two_viewpoints_should_students.html

Race to the Trough and State Regs Force Change in Model Teacher Evaluations Systems
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/07/moco-schools-chief-on-new-teacherprincipal-evaluation-systems/

Test-Maker Ethical Problems in Dealing With Chicago Public Schools
  http://pureparents.org/?p=20184

Rhee-First Grades States on Education Ideology Not Results
  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/07/1177063/-Rhee-s-StudentsFirst-grades-education-on-ideology-not-results

High-Stakes Testing Won't Fix What's Wrong with Our Educational System
  http://www.cvfarmerandminer.com/content/high-stakes-testing-and-charters-won%E2%80%99t-fix-what%E2%80%99s-wrong-our-educational-system