Testing Reform in the News -- October 2 - October 9, 2012

Another week with lots of news and commentary about assessment reform . . . plus ever more challenges from die-hard defenders of the failing, high-stakes testing status quo.

More Tests, But Not Much Better: New Common Core Assessments Are "Pigs in a Poke" 
  http://tinyurl.com/CommonCoreFacts

Texas District Rebuilds After Fraudulent Scheme to Push Out Low Test Scorers
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-texas-school-district-tries-to-rebuild-after-scheme-to-push-out-under-performing-students/2012/10/02/2c1673bc-0cc0-11e2-97a7-45c05ef136b2_story.html

Texas Districts Seek to Pilot Testing Reforms
  http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/select-texas-schools-aim-pilot-testing-reforms/

Educating for Democracy: A Modest Proposal for Standardized Tests
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-shatzky/standardized-testing-reform-_b_1929357.html

Still Obtuse After Standardized Testing
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/08/still-obtuse-about-standardized-testing/

Eleven year old: "Ridiculous€™ to use my test to grade my teacher"  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/09/eleven-year-old-ridiculous-to-use-my-test-to-grade-my-teacher/

City, State Grading Systems Yield Very Different Views of Schools
  http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/school_ratings_are_ing_confusing_fgcfFt7y8jZAjtJkTQ2XVK

New Florida Pre-K Test Draws Concerns of Educators
  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/09/26/05prekassessment.h32.html