Testing Resistance and Reform News: March 21 - 27, 2013

There's significant progress to report this week with legislatures in both Arizona and Texas passing proposals to reign in testing overkill.  At the same time, assessment reform action is escalating in another dozen states.  Keep the pressure on . . . and send us your best clips for circulation to allies around the nation.

Parents Agree: Standardized Tests Should Not Have This Much Power
    http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/03/22/parents-agree-standardized-tests-should-not-have-power

High-Stakes Testing is the new "March Madness"
    http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_22859295/their-view-educational-testing-new-march-madness

Arizona House Votes to End Grad Test; Governor Likely to Sign Bill
    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/education/precollegiate/b55341e0-51aa-5576-a1b2-5475fde4862c.html

Texas House Votes to Reduce High-Stakes Testing
    http://www.statesman.com/news/news/heated-debate-in-texas-house-over-testing-graduati/nW4qF/

Moms Unite to Reign in Testing Overkill
    http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/03/25/4728178/texas-moms-unite-to-rein-in-states.html

Texas Leads Nation in Testing, Not Educational Quality
    http://www.texastribune.org/2013/03/26/guest-column/

High-Stakes Testing is a "Perversion" Just As Commissioner Scott Said
    http://www.caller.com/news/2013/mar/27/high-stakes-testing-is-a-perversion/

Oregon Students Launch Opt-Out Campaign as Super Admits State is "Crazy with Test Mania"
    http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/134462-student-launch-testing-opt-out-protest

Chicago Students and Teachers Mull a Testing Revolt
    http://inthesetimes.com/uprising/entry/14769/pencils_down_teachers_and_students_mull_a_testing_revolt_in_chicago/

Orlando Florida Parents Group Launches Opt-Out Campaign
    http://www.wogx.com/story/21763238/parents

Blind, Severely-Disabled Boy Forced to Take Florida Test
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/23/blind-severely-disabled-boy-forced-to-take-standardized-test/

North Carolina Students, Parents Join Diane Ravitch to Turn North Carolina Away From "Wrong Path" on Education
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/21/3928784/education-advocate-nc-on-the-wrong.html

Stop Hyper-Testing in N.C.
    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/03/19/3926360/stop-hyper-testing-in-nc.html

Upstate New Yorkers Organize Opt-Out Forum
    http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/wnyers-hold-forum-for-opt-out-movement

NY Teachers Ad Campaign Blasts "Obsessive" Testing
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/post_803.html

OpEd: Overreliance on Tests Undermines Learning
    http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130319/OPINION/130319187/1074

A Family Boycotts Colorado School Tests
   http://www.villagerpublishing.com/boycotting-the-tcap/

Ohio Educators Petition: "Stop the Misuse of Standardized Testing"
    http://www.athensohiotoday.com/news/educators-say-stop-the-misuse-of-standardized-testing/article_b3eb35ff-df18-59f2-b793-d46d7abfb208.html

Ohio Rural Schools Struggle to Prepare for Common Core Tests
    http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/2013/03/21/rural-schools-struggle-to-prepare-for-common-cores-online-tests/

Seattle School District Relaxes MAP Test Requirement After Boycott
    http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/03/seattle-schools-relaxes-requirements-for-map-tests/

Test-Based Teacher Evaluation May Become a New Jersey Gubernatorial Campaign Issue
    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/cory_booker_questions_use_of_s.html

Testing Expert Urges Move Away from Value-Added Teacher Evaluation
    http://diverseeducation.com/article/52147/#

Why We Cannot Threaten Our Way to Better Schools
    http://hechingerreport.org/content/why-we-cant-threaten-our-way-to-better-schools_11641/