Testing Resistance and Reform News: July 2- 8, 2014

The rapid pace of strong news stories and commentaries about assessment reform campaigns continued uninterrupted through the long Independence Day weekend. More and more media outlets are reporting the widespread grassroots response to testing overkill: "Enough is Enough!"  And, some politicians are starting to listen.

Remember that back issues of these weekly news summaries are available at: http://fairtest.org/news

Common Core Testing Rebellion Sweeps Nation
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/common-core-test-anxiety-108527.html

Task Force Appointed to Review Colorado Testing System
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/07/02/long-summer-and-fall-ahead-for-testing-task-force/#.U7RdCGOTHZc

New Florida Test May Be Worse Than Discredited Old Exam
http://mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2014/7/2/school_board_member_.html

Is Florida "Nuts" to Pay Utah $5 Million for Test Questions
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/opinion/todaysbuzz/sfl-is-florida-nuts-to-pay-utah-5-million-for-test-questions-20140707,0,1483645.story

Florida Requires Creation of 700 New Tests to Assess Teachers -- Misses Deadline to Help Districts
http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2014/jul/07/collier-officials-state-missing-deadline-8212-in/

Racial Disparities Continue to Georgia Gifted-and-Talented Programs
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/racial-gaps-remain-in-gifted-programs-ajc-analysis/ngSBq/#237d8f5e.2767361.735417

Battery of Exams Leaves Indiana Students Little Time for Learning
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140703/EDIT07/307039997/1021/edit

Common Core Testing Fight Pits Louisiana Governor Against State's School Chief and Board of Ed
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/07/02/36louisiana.h33.html

Debate Over New Jersey Standardized Testing Puts Gov. Christie in No-Win Situation
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/speak-easy/item/69971-the-debate-over-standardized-tests-has-put-gov-christie-in-a-no-win-situation

New Mexico Teacher Turns Down $5,000 Test-Based Bonus
http://cnjonline.com/2014/07/02/education-officials-should-follow-lead-of-teacher/

Some Ohio School Districts May Be Able to Opt-Out of State Standardized Test Mandates
http://ysnews.com/news/2014/07/yellow-springs-schools-aim-to-opt-out-of-tests

Testing Company Fired in Oklahoma Had Similar Problems in Indiana
http://in.chalkbeat.org/2014/07/01/oklahoma-fires-ctbmcgraw-hill-as-testing-vendor/#.U7Q00mOTHZc

Most Oklahomans Oppose Basing Third-Grade Promotion on Test Score
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/poll-most-oppose-basing-third-grade-promotion-on-single-test/article_75c4f16e-400d-5671-a44e-bdc4bbdbe26f.html

Pennsylvania State Rep. -- Stop Use of Exams for Graduation
http://www.dailylocal.com/opinion/20140701/the-high-school-keystone-exams-not-ready-for-graduation

Rhode Island Multi-Year Grad Test Moratorium Becomes Law
http://www.wral.com/necap-moratorium-becomes-law-in-rhode-island/13781084/

Controversy Swirls Around Value of Tennessee Test Results
http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/07/01/muted-fanfare-tcap-results-debate-swirls-tests-reliability/

Texas Governor Proposes Another Delay in Including Standardized Test Scores in Final Grades
http://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/politics/2012/11/29/perry-give-students-another-staar-grade-deferral.html

Virginia Legislature Establishes Committee to Overhaul State Testing System
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/va-committee-formed-to-reform-sol-tests/2014/07/03/bd33d344-02d7-11e4-b8ff-89afd3fad6bd_story.html

Washington State Study: Tests Stressed Too Much
http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140702/NEWS01/140709824/Study-Tests-are-stressed-too-much-

Federal Testing Mandate Hurts Washington State Students
http://union-bulletin.com/news/2014/jul/07/feds-education-mandates-hurt-state-students/

Wyoming Test Changes Delay Score Release
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/test-changes-mean-release-delay-for-paws/article_e15925d8-e622-5ace-b65e-49cc3096e783.html

NEA Launches Campaign Against "Toxic Testing"
http://www.nea.org/grants/33354.htm
 

Teacher Union President: Current Testing System "Will Crumble"
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/07/02/nea-president-current-testing-system-will-crumble/#.U7R342OTHZc

Teachers Fear Common Core Testing Will Be Worse Than "No Child Left Behind"
https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-07-02-do-teachers-really-hate-common-core-from-the-floor-of-iste-20

Why a Common Core Testing Moratorium is Needed
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Arne Duncan: The Emperor is Naked
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_26068463/school-reform-is-just-another-advertising-campaign

Replace Arne Duncan With Bill Gates -- Satire Warning!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/replace-arne-duncan-with_b_5560187.html

"Accountability" vs What We Want For Our Children
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2014/07/accountability_vs_what_we_want_for_our_children.html

Restore GED Fairness: Campaign to Replace Pearson's New Common Core Linked Exam
http://restoregedfairness.org/

Standardized Tests Not Required: More Schools Join Test-Optional Admissions Movement
http://college.usatoday.com/2014/07/07/no-the-sat-is-not-required-more-colleges-join-test-optional-train/

New Film Offers Student Perspective on America's Testing Culture
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/04/test-j04.html