Testing Reform in the News -- July 12 - July 17, 2012

Lots of good stories from around the U.S. and across the Atlantic

Testing Overkill Earns State an "F" -- FairTest featured in Orlando Sentinel Q & A
  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-ed-front-and-center-fairtest-071712-20120716,0,5604784.story

Doublethink: Creativity vs Testing -- an essay from Yong Zhao
  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/07/18/36zhao_ep.h31.html

Should Multinational Pearson be Influencing Our Educational Policy?  -- incisive reporting from the U.K
  http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/jul/16/pearson-multinational-influence-education-poliy

Return Autonomy to Teachers to Improve Schools
  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765590253/Its-time-for-Utah-schools-to-improve-return-autonomy-to-teachers.html

Texas Parents Rally Against High-Stakes Tests
  http://impactnews.com/articles/parents-rally-against-high-stakes-testing/

Let's End High-Stakes Testing -- a former Texas legislator speaks out
  http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Let-s-end-high-stakes-testing-3706259.php

More NYC Students Opted Out of Tests
  http://www.nytimes.com/schoolbook/2012/07/13/more-children-opted-out-of-state-tests/

Education's Pendulum: Thinkers or Test-Takers
  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/education/la-ed-school-creativity-20120715,0,5690286.story

Is All This Testing Really Necessary?
  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2012/07/is_all_of_this_testing_really_necessary.html

Most Schools Not Technologically Ready for Common Core Online Assessments
  http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20120713/NEWS01/207130339