Testing Reform in the News -- July 25 - 31, 2012

So many great articles about assessment controversies, so little time to read them all.  Here's a sampling of the most significant from the past week.

AFT Urges Focus on Student Learning, Not Standardized Testing
   http://www.freep.com/article/20120727/NEWS05/307270106/Teachers-union-to-urge-focus-on-teaching-learning-not-standardized-testing

Serious Design Flaw Suspected in State Test
   http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/education/texas-studies-suggest-test-design-flaw-in-taks.html

Time to Fire Pearson
   http://jasonstanford.org/2012/07/time-to-fire-pearson/

Tests Don't Assess What Really Matters
   http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/07/29/can-school-performance-be-measured-fairly/tests-dont-assess-what-really-matters

10 Reasons to Attend This Weekend's Save Our Schools National Convention
   http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/07/save_our_schools_returns_to_wa.html

Tests Present Challenging Questions -- A model Letter to the Editor
   http://www.news-journalonline.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/2012/07/28/test-presents-challenging-questions.html

How Common Core Will Change Testing in Schools
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/how-common-core-will-change-testing-in-schools/2012/07/25/gJQAzIJB9W_blog.html

Equity-Based Reform: Moving Beyond Accountability
   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/07/25/1113467/-Equity-based-Reform-Moving-Beyond-Accountability

Teachers Overwhelmed by Testing and Bureaucracy -- focus on Tennessee but the problem is nation in scope
   http://www.dnj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012307230036&gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

Stop "Failure by Design" Testing -- the Texas Rebellion Against High-Stakes Exams Continues to Grow
   http://www.caller.com/news/2012/jul/26/stop-failure-by-design-testing/

Standardized People Won't Win America's Future -- from a South Carolina business publication
   http://www.midlandsbiz.com/news/markettrends/2249/