Testing Reform in the News -- November 9 - 15, 2012

As the public digests the implication of last week's election results, there is increasing push back against the high-stake-testing status quo and the politicians who stubbornly embrace it in the face of ever-growing resistance (and evidence)!

Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing Escalates
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/12/revolt-against-high-stakes-standardized-testing-spreads/

Did Educators Lose in the Process of Obama Victory
  http://www.alternet.org/education/obama-won-did-educators-lose-process?page=0%2C0

Time for a New Education Reform Agenda
  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2012/11/dear_deborah_well_obama_won.html

District Right to Opt-Out of Race to the Trough Competition
  http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/11/portland_public_schools_was_ri.html#

Time to Role Back "No Child Left Behind" -- support from a libertarian foundation
  http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Time-to-roll-back-No-Child-Left-Behind-4024794.php

Data and Testing: Has Education Lost Its Focus?
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rob-furman/standardized-tests_b_2041057.html

Why the Latest Rhetoric on Teacher Evaluation is Nonsense 
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/13/the-newest-rhetoric-on-teacher-evaluation-and-why-it-is-nonsense/
see also new FairTest fact sheet "Why Teacher Evaluation Should Not Rely on Test Scores" -- http://fairtest.org/sites/default/files/Teacher-Evaluation-FactSheet-10-12.pdf

Value-Added Doesn't Work for Special Ed. Teachers
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/09/value-added-teacher-assessment-hit-by-council-for-exceptional-children/

Time on Testing: 738 Minutes in Three Weeks
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/11/11/time-on-testing-738-minutes-in-3-weeks/

Teaching to the Test Doesn't Help Students -- a New York City Council member chimes in
  http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/45/weprin_all_2012_11_08_q.html

U.K Government Cracks Down on Pearson's Dominance of Education -- How about a similar investigation in the U.S.
  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9661465/Ofqual-to-crack-down-on-highly-structured-textbooks.html