Testing Reform in the News -- October 18 - 24, 2012

The drumbeat of criticism focused on test-driven education "reform" continues to strengthen.  With sufficient pressure after Election Day, more public officials may begin to shift from chanting "no excuses" rhetoric and doubling-down on failed policies to examining the evidence and moving toward saner policies.

Politicians Blame Their Own Team for Education Failures  -- from FairTest Board member Deborah Meier
  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/Bridging-Differences/2012/10/dear_pedro_and_friends_its.html

Defining Teacher Success by Test Scores is Misguided
  http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/10/19/article/town_square_defining_teacher_success_by_test_scores_misguided

"Mad Moms" Take on Texas Testing System
  http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/sugar_land/news/mad-moms-take-on-education-accountability-system/article_f5136666-18b0-11e2-8ea8-0019bb2963f4.html

Candidates Advise Limits on School Testing -- a few are starting to listen to parents and teachers
  http://www.elpasotimes.com/election/ci_21825532

Niagara County PTA Challenges Testing
  http://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2012/10/19/108243/niagara-county-pta-challenges-standardized-testing

Value-Added Measures Flawed for Secondary School Teachers
  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/10/24/09tracking_ep.h32.html

Stop the Madness of High-Stakes Testing - the author is former NEA president and a current Pearson Foundation fellow
  http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/john_wilson_unleashed/2012/10/stop_the_madness_of_high_stakes_testing.html

Finns Find School Success in Opposite Direction
  http://www.startribune.com/local/blogs/174988141.html

Gates Foundation Teacher Evaluation Project Leaped Before Looking
  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2012/10/john_thompson_gates_foundation.html

How to Save Taxpayers Billions of $$$ -- Really
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/24/how-to-save-taxpayers-billions-of-really/