Testing Reform in the News -- November 21 - November 29, 2012

Many more example of the growing movement to replace high-stakes testing with better forms of assessment, the evidence backing our positions, and the irrational intransigence of die-hard defenders of standardized exam driven "reform" who chant "stay the course" in the face of their policy failures.

Going Beyond the Multiple-Choice Test
  http://thenotebook.org/december-2012/125353/going-beyond-multiple-choice-test

Why Finland's Education System is the Best in the World
  http://www.businessinsider.com/finlands-education-system-best-in-world-2012-11#

American Students Deserve Better than Arne Duncan
  http://nikhilgoyal.me/2012/11/22/msnbc-american-students-deserve-better-than-arne-duncan/

800+ U.S. Colleges and Universities Now Test-Optional
   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/sat-act-not-required-colleges_n_2206391.html

When School Grading is DeGrading
  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/23/opinion/grading-schools-isnt-the-answer-its-the-problem.html

More Parents Look for Ways Out of Over-Testing
  http://www.wbez.org/news/more-standardized-tests-more-chicago-parents-looking-ways-out-103965

Say "No" to Standardized Testing -- The Damage Done to Love of Learning
  https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/28117/voices_inda_testing_111912?coverpage=2178

Chicago Teachers Union Tells Business Dilettantes: "Butt Out of Education"
  http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20121120/BLOGS03/121129978/karen-lewis-takes-impassioned-message-to-staid-city-club

The Truth About High-Stakes Testing -- by a Texas State Board of Education Member
    http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2012/11/sboe-member-the-truth-about-high-stakes-testing/

Public School Job Creation -- Even Editorial Cartoonists are Joining the High-Stakes Testing Resistance
  http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2012/11/cartoons-.html

Standing Up for Teachers
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-standing-up-for-teachers/2012/09/17/ad3ee650-00fd-11e2-b257-e1c2b3548a4a_story.html

With Cash and Clout Jeb Bush Pushes Contentious School "Reforms"
  http://news.yahoo.com/jeb-bush-cash-clout-pushes-contentious-school-reforms-061817377--finance.html
  http://news.yahoo.com/writing-bills-finding-funds-bushs-foundation-061817945.html

Who Does Jeb Bush Think He's Kidding?
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/26/who-does-jeb-bush-think-hes-kidding/

Florida Super Says "Too Many Tests" -- Cuts Back District-Mandated Exams
  m.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2012-11-22/story/too-many-tests-duval-schools-superintendent-says-cuts-out-several-exams

Minnesota Educators Push to End High-Stakes Math Exams
  http://www.startribune.com/local/180931071.html
 

You Can't Defeat an Army of Determined Educators and Parents
  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/11/how_do_you_defeat_an_army_of_d.html
  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/11/teachers_and_parents_natural_a.html