Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 13 - 19, 2016

With stories from more than 20 states, this week's news clips again demonstrate the growing reach, diversity, energy and effectiveness of the national assessment reform movement.

National Test Defenders Try to "Whitewash" Opt-Out Movement to Weaken Its Clout
http://thinkprogress.org/education/2016/04/11/3767723/forgotten-activist...

Multiple States Technical Problems Plague Computerized Testing
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/technical-glitches-plague...
Multiple States FairTest Chronology of Computer Testing Foul-Ups
http://www.fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-chronology

Arizona Could Giving Fewer Tests Actually Help Students?
http://www.kvoa.com/story/31729906/could-fewer-tests-actually-help-tucso...

California Schools' Computers Cannot Handle Both Testing and Classroom Work
http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/schools-internet-cant-handle-b...
California Boycott Common Core Testing
http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article72127252.html

Colorado PARCC Tests Still Face Parental Pushback
http://fox21news.com/2016/04/12/parcc-testing-still-facing-push-back-fro...
Colorado Families Decide to Opt Out Despite District Pressure
http://gazette.com/colorado-school-testing-fight-stems-from-confusion-mi...
Colorado School Testing Laws Hurting Education
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_29782555/colorados-school-testing-l...

Connecticut Wrong to Use Student Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation
http://www.courant.com/opinion/letters/hc-wrong-to-use-test-in-teacher-e...

Florida Parents Push Back Against Standardized Tests
http://wfla.com/2016/04/12/manatee-county-parents-push-back-on-standardi...
Florida Test-Based Teacher Bonuses Much More Common at Schools in Affluent Communities
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-best-teachers-flori...

Georgia Opting Out Sends "Enough Is Enough" Message
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2016-04-13/roberts-opt-children-out-stan...
Georgia Why Opt Out of State Tests? Check All That Apply
http://m.connectsavannah.com/savannah/opting-out-of-the-gmas-check-all-t...
Georgia Grassroots Opt-Out Movement Continues to Grow
http://www.11alive.com/news/education/grassroots-movement-grows-for-kids...

Illinois Opt-Out Movement Expands In Minority Neighborhoods
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cps-standardized-testing-rahm-emanu...
Illinois Eight Reasons My Family Decided to Opt Out of Meaningless Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/8-reasons-my-family-decided-opt-out-me...

Indiana School Board Votes Not to Participate in Pilot Testing, "Our Kids Need a Break"
http://www.gcdailyworld.com/story/2294483.html

Kentucky Ed Commissions Wants New Accountability System That Does Not Rely on School Rankings
http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/education/article72370582.html

Maryland Baltimore Algebra Students Descend on School HQ to Protest PARCC Testing
http://www.wbaltv.com/education/city-students-protest-validity-of-parcc-...
Maryland Legislature Votes to Reduce Kindergarten Testing Time
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2016/04/Maryland_legislatur...

Massachusetts Opt-Out Movement Begins to Grow
http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20160414/NEWS/160417333

Minnesota State Education Commissioner Opposes Bill to Create Civics Exit Exam
http://www.willmarradio.com/news/minnesota-education-commissioner-oppose...

New Jersey State Is One of Few Still Using PARCC Tests
http://www.nj.com/education/2016/03/which_other_states_are_using_parcc_t...

New Mexico The Evil Obsession With Standardized Testing
http://nmpolitics.net/index/2016/04/the-evil-obsession-with-educational-...
New Mexico Let Teachers Participate in Opt-Out Debate
http://www.palisadeshudson.com/2016/04/gagging-new-mexico-teachers/

New York 2016 Opt-Outs Similar to 2015's High Level
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/local/new-york/2016/04/13/ny-opt...
New York Opt-Out Pressure Forces Policy Flip-Flops By State Leaders
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/04/13/leaders-in-ny-flip-flop-on-...
New York State Testing Continues to Promote a Flawed Process
http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-opinion/article/New-state-testing-conti...

Ohio School Board Calls for Moratorium on Publication and Use of Test Data
http://mountvernonnews.com/story/2016/04/12/centerburg-wants-test-data-t...

Oklahoma Ed Secretary Praised Teacher-Led Rollback of Tulsa School Testing
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/new-u-s-secretary-of-education-...

Oregon High-Stakes Testing Is "Junk Science"
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34282620-78/high-stakes-testing-is-j...

Pennsylvania Number of Area Children Opting Out Nearly Doubled This Year
http://www.timesonline.com/news/local_news/number-of-beaver-county-child...

Tennessee Parents' Petition Presses Governor to Cancel Second Part of Flawed Exam
http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2016/04/12/parents-to-tennessees-governor-stop-p...

Texas State Test Vendor Must Fix Computer Testing Problems
http://www.11alive.com/news/education/grassroots-movement-grows-for-kids...

ACT/SAT What Do Test-Optional Admissions Really Look Like
http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/test-optional-admissions/
ACT/SAT UMass Lowell Offers No-Test Option for Applicants
http://umlconnector.com/2016/04/umass-lowell-offers-no-test-option-for-a...

A Field Guide to Dissecting Standardized Testing Advocates' Arguments
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/a-field-guide-to-standard_b_9...

Off the Deep End: The Swim Test vs the Standardized Test
http://www.alternet.org/education/8-reasons-my-family-decided-opt-out-me...

How Can More Testing Lead to More School Equity?  It Can't !
http://www.progressive.org/pss/how-can-more-testing-lead-more-school-equ...

Teachers Talk Back Against Value-Added Evaluations
http://networkforpubliceducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/NPETeach...

Assessing Our Children to Death
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-nelson/assessing-our-children-to_b_9...