Testing Resistance and Reform News: January 31 - February 6, 2013

 

Teacher test boycotts, student-led opt-out campaigns, parent-organized petition drives, school administrators' lobbying efforts, and elected officials' letters to DC policymakers all are calling for a major cutback in high-stakes testing and the implementation of assessment reform alternatives. Just look at the breadth of the movement reported in stories and opinion columns from just the past week. No wonder even the Texas legislature, home of standardized exam overkill, and Michelle Rhee, the symbol of the test-and-punish movement, are beginning to pay attention!

Has Testing Reached a Tipping Point?
    http://smartblogs.com/education/2013/01/30/has-testing-reached-tipping-point/

USA Today on Growing National Resistance
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/01/31/seattle-teachers-boycott-standardized-tests/1878475/

Seattle Teachers Lead Day of Action Against Standardized Tests
   http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/02/05-3

New Wave of Teacher Unionism Focuses on Standardized Testing
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dennis-van-roekel/a-new-face-of-teacher-uni_b_2616087.html

Garfield High Teachers Webinar on Testing Boycott -- this Sunday -- sign-up now!
    http://brianpjones.tumblr.com/post/42363781463/webinarwithghs

Providence Students' Strong Op Ed Opposing High-Stakes Testing
   http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/this-new-england/2013/01/kaitlyn-kelleyluzgely-contrerascheyenne-jones-testing-trauma.html

Portland Students Push Standardized Test Boycott
   http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/02/portland_public_schools_studen_1.html

Chicago Parents' Petition Seeks Limits on Testing
  http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/18031042-418/cps-parents-petitions-seek-limits-on-testing.html

New York Principals Continue Campaign Against High-Stakes Testing Misuse
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/03/why-school-reform-is-a-misnomer-principal/

Key Texas Legislator Proposes Standardized Exam Requirement Rollback
   http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/high-school-testing-would-be-scaled-back-under-house-bill.html/ 

State, Local Officials Call for "No Child Left Behind" Overhaul
  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-education-legislationbre9140xo-20130205,0,7910245.story

Opposition to Standardized Testing and Increased Common Core Assessments Grows Across Political Spectrum
  http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/02/opposition_to_common_core_coul.html

If Testing Makes for Better Education, Why Are Obama Girls in a School that Disagrees?
  http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2013/02/03/if-testing-and-measuring-makes-for-better-schools-why-are-the-obama-girls-in-a-school-that-doesnt-agree/

As Testing Backlash Grows, Even Michelle Rhee Takes Notice
  http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2013/feb/3/rhee-urges-balance-testing-backlash-grows/

E-mails Link Jeb Bush Foundation with Corporations and State Officials in Pushing Test-Driven "Reform"
  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/30/e-mails-link-bush-foundation-corporations-and-education-officials/

Schools Can't Do It Alone -- Why "Doubly Disadvantaged" Kids Continue to Struggle Academically
  http://www.alternet.org/education/schools-cant-do-it-alone-why-doubly-disadvantaged-kids-continue-struggle-academically

A Year at Mission Hill -- new video series about a school that works, including a segment on better ways to assess
  http://www.ayearatmissionhill.com/index.php

Testing Insanity Kills the Joy of Teaching and Learning
  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenzo-shibata/testing-kills-the-joy-of-_b_2573553.html

Remember to check out the many resources available at http://www.fairtest.org to support your local organizing work.  You'll find everything there from infographics to fact sheets, position papers and bibliographies exposing the flaws of standardized testing and the reality of better ways to assess students, teachers and schools.