Testing Reform in the News -- June 16 - 19, 2012

Even as the academic year winds down, the pace of stories about high-stakes testing flaws and support for assessment alternatives has not slowed one bit

Video -- Growing National Movement Against High-Stakes Public School Testing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gbdTheK9uqY

NY Cracking Down on Pearson After Spate of Errors (but the company keeps the state's lucrative testing contract)
    http://gothamschools.org/2012/06/15/state-cracking-down-on-testmaker-pearson-after-spate-of-issues/

Open Letter to President Obama: Time to Do What's Right for Our Schools
    http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/06/open_letter_to_president_obama_1.html

Testing Pioneer Critical of High-Stakes Exam Use
    http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2012/06/student-testing-pioneer-angermeyr-skeptical-about-high-stakes-trends

Jobs Expert: Standardized People Won't Win America's Future, Early Testing Leads to Homogenized Workforce
    http://www.communityjournal.net/?p=25226

Testing the Learning Right Out of Schools
    http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Wendy-Lecker-Testing-the-learning-right-out-of-3637332.php#ixzz1xt9w7hyo
 
Top-down Cheating in El Paso, Texas. -- Was it Worse Than Atlanta or DC? (amazing details about score manipulation)
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_20848628/former-episd-superintendent-lorenzo-garcia-enter-plea-aggreement
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20875263/episd-sought-keep-risky-students-scores-out-accountability
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20875717/episd-garcia-got-54-000-bonuses-from-test-fixing

Texas Test Grading System Criticized
   http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/STAAR-s-grading-system-criticized-3646465.php