Testing Reform in the News -- September 10 - September 17 , 2012

The Chicago Teachers strike catalyzed criticism of high-stakes testing, generating hundreds of good news stories and opinion columns.  Here's a selection of the best, including several written by FairTest or quoting us.

Chicago Teachers Say "No" to High-Stakes Testing
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-guisbond/chicago-teachers-say-no-t_b_1881366.html

Chicago Strike Exposes Key Issues
   http://education.nationaljournal.com/2012/09/chicago-strike-exposes-key-que.php#2244237

Experience Shows High Stakes Testing Has Been a Failure
  http://www.buffalonews.com/article/20120910/OPINION/120919922/1074

Can Great Teaching Overcome Poverty?
  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/opinion/sunday/can-great-teaching-overcome-the-effects-of-poverty.html

Test Scores Are Worst Way to Evaluate Teachers
  http://www.suntimes.com/news/otherviews/15107882-452/standardized-test-scores-are-worst-way-to-evaluate-teachers.html

Testing Our Way to Better Education Doesn't Work
  http://www.sunjournal.com/news/columns-analysis/2012/09/16/testing-our-way-better-education-doesnt-work/1250995

"Value-Added" Teacher Assessment in Practice
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/meet-ashley-a-great-teacher-with-a-bad-value-added-score/2012/09/13/27836e4e-fdb7-11e1-a31e-804fccb658f9_blog.html

Houston Schools Super Speaks Out Against Test-Driven Education
  http://lufkindailynews.com/news/community/lufkindailynews.com/news/community/article_9bc0a3ea-fc4e-11e1-a137-001a4bcf887a.html

Opt-Out Movement Gains Steam
   http://www.hepg.org/hel/article/548#home
 

"Testing as Child Abuse" Suits Should Fill U.S. Courts
  http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/site/time-testing-child-abuse-suits-fill-nations-courts