Testing Reform in the News -- October 25 - 31, 2012

Assessment reform pressure continued to escalate even as Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore.  Best wishes to our friends and allies in the mid-Atlantic states as they recover from the storm.

Arne Duncan's Legacy: Doubling Down on High Stakes Testing Failures
 http://education.nationaljournal.com/2012/10/what-has-arne-done-for-us.php#2258005
  
Texas Tests Breed Schools for Scandal
   http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/guest-column-tests-breed-schools-scandal/

Testing in Kindergarten -- Whatever Happened to Story Time?
  http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/testing-consumes-kindergarten-class-time-in-chicago/Content?oidw40293

Hudson Valley Parents Rip Excess Testing
  http://newyork.newsday.com/westchester/westchester-now-1.3784383/hudson-valley-parents-rip-excess-school-testing-1.4152170

Data Missing for School Improvement Grant Claims
   http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2012/10/transparency_watch_obama_has_t.html

The MLK Imperative in an Era of "No Excuses"
  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/27/1149535/-The-MLK-Imperative-in-an-Era-of-No-Excuses

Researchers Urge "Caution" in Use of Value-Added Scores
  http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/10/25/10valueadd.h32.html

Measuring the Worth of a Teacher
   http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teacher-evals-20121029,0,592261,full.story

The Naked Emporer: What Test Scores Don't Tell Us
  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/young-minds/201210/what-test-scores-dont-tell-us-the-naked-emperor

Superintendent Dissects Race to the Trough's Flaws
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2012/10/31/school-superintendent-to-thomas-friedman-why-you-are-wrong-about-race-to-the-top/