Testing Reform in the News -- September 26 - October 2, 2012

Another incredibly visible week for assessment reformers.  Lots of media coverage documenting the damage from high-stakes testing as well as better alternatives.  Here are some of the best editorials, stories, columns and blogs.

Putting the SAT in Its Place
   http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-sat-college-20120926,0,2884825.story

Outdated SAT Needs to be Retired
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/outdated-sat-needs-to-be-retired/2012/09/26/0d0f60da-07a9-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_story.html

California Reduces Role of Student Test Scores in School Ratings
   http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-brown-bills-20120927,0,6744403.story

Graduation Test Requirements: Inequitable, Punitive or Just Plain Dumb
   http://www.golocalprov.com/news/graduation-requirements-inequitable-punitive-or-just-plain-dumb/
 

More Cheating Scandals Inevitable: National Education Policy Built on Test Scores is Undermined
   http://www.ajc.com/news/news/more-cheating-scandals-inevitable-as-states-cant-e/nSPqj/

Outside of School Factors Dominate Test-Score Differences
   http://www.mlive.com/education/index.ssf/2012/09/study_outside_of_school_factor.html

New Teacher Evaluations Start to Hurt Students
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/new-teacher-evaluations-start-to-hurt-students/2012/09/29/f6d1b038-0aa6-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

Teacher of the Year Criticizes Focus on Test Scores
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/july-dec12/2012teacher_09-26.html

New Book -- One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student's Assessment of Schools
   http://www.antonnews.com/syossetjerichotribune/news/25229-nikhil-goyal-leading-a-learning-revolution.html

Do Parents Really Want More than 200 State-Mandated Assessments for Their Children
   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/will-richardson/do-parents-really-want-ov_b_1913704.html

Staking Too Much on One Test
   http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/staking-test-article-1.1170754