Testing Reform in the News -- November 16 - 20, 2012

For your long, holiday weekend reading pleasure, here are several more articles documenting the growing clout of the high-stakes testing resistance, demonstrating (again) the lack of evidence for relying on standardized exams to judge student/teacher/school quality, and reporting yet another wacky, ideologically motivated scheme to impose even more tests.

Anti-Testing: Unlikely Common Ground
  http://prospect.org/article/anti-testing-unlikely-common-ground

Election Affirms Ed. "Reform" is Inside-the-Beltway, Rich Person Fetish
  http://www.ourfuture.org/blog-entry/2012114612/election-affirms-education-reform-beltway-rich-person-fetish

Lessons From Abroad: Standardized Tests A Foreign Concept in Finland
  http://lessonsfromabroad.tumblr.com/post/35845971469/standardized-tests-a-foreign-concept-in-finland

Schools Matter . . . and Tests Don't Measures Most of What They Do
  http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6005

Mass. Professors, Researchers Endorse Statement Criticizing High-Stakes Testing -- another model of state-level organizing and public education
  http://www.universalhub.com/2012/statement-against-high-stakes-standardized-testing

Federal Spending and Test Scores
  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/walt_gardners_reality_check/2012/11/federal_spending_and_test_scores.html

Texas Needs a Fresh Start on Standardized Testing -- Another Smart Editorial From the Heart of the "Beast"
   http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/opinions/editorials/article/EDITORIAL-State-needs-fresh-start-on-4044953.php

Is Louisiana Planning to Test Toddlers?
  http://www.alternet.org/education/louisiana-getting-ready-test-toddlers

Have a great Thanksgiving !