Testing Resistance and Reform News March 28 - April 3, 2013

 

 
 
It's been a watershed week in the campaign for better forms of assessment for children and schools. Indictments in the Atlanta cheating scandal reveal rot at the core of the test-and-punish strategy while protests by parents, teachers, and students are exploding around the nation, including the U.S. Department of Education starting on Thursday, April 4. 
Teacher Leader Blames High-Stakes Testing Pressure for Wave of Cheating Scandals
   http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/news/ysleta-isd-teachers-association-president-blames-s/nW63K/

 
New FairTest Report Finds Widespread Test Score Manipulation, Further Undermining Credibility 
   http://www.fairtest.org/2013-Cheating-Report-PressRelease

Cheating Scandals Are a Direct Result of George W. Bush Texas "Reforms"
  http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/04/commentary-cheating-scandals-are-an-inevitable-result-of-george-w-bushs-educational-reform/


 
Parents Stand with Teachers Against Excessive Testing
    http://rochesterhomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id79992

 
Bloomberg Testing Policy Flunks 2,000+ NYC Third Graders
   http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/third_class_kids_are_falling_behind_ueO5Zc5QE8XxfGrJHHPi5N

Look Beyond Standardized Testing to Grade Students
   http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville/news/x1551272742/Column-Look-beyond-standardized-testing-to-grade-students

Santa Claus and Standardized Tests: A View from Colorado
   http://www.ednewscolorado.org/voices/voices-santa-claus-and-standardized-tests

Portland, Oregon, Students Say: "Testing Isn't Educating"
    http://socialistworker.org/2013/04/02/testing-isnt-educating

Rhetoric vs Research on Rhode Island High-Stakes Test
    http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/this-new-england/2013/03/bruce-marlowe-rhetoric-and-research-on-necap.html

Parents Opt Children Out of Chicago Testing Overkill
   http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cps-opt-out-standardized-tests-reach-map/Content?oid‘44250

Teaching to the Test is Taking Over Mississippi Schools: Diary of a First-Year Teacher
  http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/01/diary-first-year-teacher-teaching-test-taking-over-Mississippi-school

No Punishment for Seattle Teachers' MAP Test Boycott
  http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/03/no-punishment-for-teachers-in-seattle-test-boycott/