Testing Reform in the News -- July 18 - 24, 2012

Can't recall a summer with so much assessment reform activity -- has the public (and media) finally recognized that high-stakes testing has "jumped the shark?"

Join the Rebellion to Halt Standardized Tests -- A Model Letter-to-the-Editor Which You Can Easily Adapt and Submit
   http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20120719/OPINION02/307190013/Letters-to-the-editor-7-19

The Role of Testing in School Improvement -- NYTimes Sunday Dialogue with Prof. Stephen Krashen
  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/22/opinion/sunday/sunday-dialogue-improving-our-schools.html

State Blinded by Devotion to School Testing -- The focus is Florida, but faith-based high-stakes exams are a national problem
  http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/john-romano-state-blinded-by-its-devotion-to-school-testing/1241860#

"Tests of Tomorrow" Behind Schedule
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/standardized-tests-of-tom_n_1680846.html

The Big Test -- Profile of former Texas Ed. Commissioner and "Testing Obsession" Critic Robert Scott (free registration required)
  http://www.texasmonthly.com/2012-08-01/btl.php

Reassess Tests to Find Better Path -- Texas PTA Head Pushes Back
  http://www.statesman.com/opinion/reassess-test-to-find-path-that-suits-students-2420481.html

Let Them Eat Tests -- Pearson Lobbyist Sandy Kress (Over-)Reacts to Criticism
  http://texasedequity.blogspot.com/2012/07/let-them-eat-tests.html

No Testing? "Real Life Cannot be Simplified Into Bubbled-in Answers on a Test"
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-e-white/no-testing_b_1676685.html

GED Testing Change Will Be Costly -- More Profits for Pearson, More Hurdles for Needy Students
  http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/GED-change-will-be-costly-for-N-Y-3714785.php
Texas Weighs State-Based Alternative to GED
  http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/texas-considering-move-state-based-ged-exam