Testing Reform in the News -- June 20 - 27 , 2012

The 2011-2012 public school year has now wrapped up everywhere in the country, but journalists continue to crank out important stories about testing problems and alternatives. Still considerable action in Texas, Florida, and DC -- three places where high-stakes testing is most out of control.

Incomplete Report on DC Cheating Ignores Testing Scandals Under Michele Rhee
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/probe-finds-test-cheating-at-several-dc-schools/2012/06/22/gJQAD4UXvV_story.html

  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/class-struggle/post/dc-keeps-ignoring-its-test-erasure-scandal/2012/06/22/gJQAEzT2vV_blog.html

El Paso Superintendent Slated for Jail for Orchestrating Cheating
  http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_20926039/episd-ratings-jeopardy-inquiry-may-affect-status-2-schools?source=most_viewed

Should Student Test Scores Be Used to Evaluate Teachers: Linda Darling-Hammond vs Thomas Kane
  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304723304577366023832205042.html

Replace Broken "Accountability" Systems -- The Rationale for Testing Resolutions
  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/barbieri-commentary-we-like-tests-but-fcat-system-/nPfJX/

New Texas Testing System Gets Failing Grade
  http://www.texasobserver.org/thewholestar/item/18542-new-school-testing-system-gets-failing-grade-at-house-hearing

Retiring Educators Say: Standardized Testing Binge is Destroying Public Education, Blast Test-Driven Education
  http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20120623/COLUMNISTS0205/306230003/Guest-column-Standardized-testing-binge
  http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-06-23/features/os-seminole-vogel-retires-20120623_1_bill-vogel-charter-schools-public-education

Online Testing Promises "Revolution" . . . or Even More Problems
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/online-testing-revolution-comes-to-schools/2012/06/26/gJQACaIJ4V_story.html
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/wyoming-online-testing-de_n_1628132.html