Testing Resistance and Reform News: February 7 - February 13, 2013

 

The pace of testing resistance news seems to increase with every passing week. Just wait until the annual late-winter/early-spring testing season when more opt-out and boycott campaigns kick in

 

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How You Can Help Build the Movement to End Testing Mania
   http://educationvotes.nea.org/2013/02/12/how-you-can-help-build-the-movement-to-end-testing-mania/

Garfield High Parents Back Teachers Testing Boycott
   http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2020294766_garfieldtestxml.html

Garfield Teachers Thank Supporters from Across the Globe
   http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/02/07-6

Washington State School Boss Seeks to Cut Two Grad. Tests
   http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Wash-schools-boss-aims-to-cut-2-graduation-exams-4260187.php

Parents Petition Chicago Schools to Reduce Over-Testing
   http://www.examiner.com/article/chicago-parents-pass-petitions-at-37-schools-against-district-testing-programs

Maryland Super Urges Three-Year Testing Moratorium
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/schools-need-time-to-implement-common-core-standards/2013/02/07/fb3a20dc-6bff-11e2-bd36-c0fe61a205f6_story.html

Hudson Valley Parents Rap High-Stakes Standardized Tests
   http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2013/02/10/news/doc5116ffee73c6e062573948.txt?viewmode=fullstory

The "Secret" to Fixing "Bad" Schools -- (hint: it's not high-stakes testing, threats, or sanctions)
   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/the-secret-to-fixing-bad-schools.html?

Holding Education Hostage: Diane Ravitch on the Flaws of Grading Teachers Based on Students' Test Scores
   http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2013/feb/01/holding-education-hostage/

Warning to College Professors from a "No Child Left Behind" Era Public School Teacher
   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/05/1184822/-Warnings-From-The-Trenches#

College Board Offers Taxpayer Funded, Mid-Week SAT to Schools -- as if there were not enough mandatory exams
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/08/college-board-markets-midweek-sat-testing-to-schools/?wprss=rss_national

Sec. Duncan Brags on NCLB Waiver "Bribes" -- Some Senators Push Back
   http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/sns-rt-us-usa-education-states-waiversbre916156-20130207,0,1446876.story

Michelle Rhee and the Relentless Marketing of Education "Reform"
   http://blog.ourfuture.org/20130212/michelle-rhee-and-the-relentless-marketing-of-education-reform

Test Anxiety: Why It is Increasing and How to Curb It
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/10/test-anxiety-why-it-is-increasing-and-3-ways-to-curb-it/

A Year at Mission Hill -- First Installment of a Documentary Series on What It Takes to Make a School Great
blogs.edweek.org/edweek/civic_mission/2013/02/a_mission_hill_for_education_policy.html
   http://www.ayearatmissionhill.com/