Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 16 - 22, 2014

Another week of sharp commentaries, effective grassroots organizing, and significant policy victories for Testing Resistance & Reform Spring (http://www.resistthetest.org).

Work through to the end of this long list of great clips, and you will reach two fine pieces of satire.

Testing the Limits of Testing
http://www.districtadministration.com/article/testing-limits-testing

Assessing the Assessments: Learning From the "Reform" Mistakes of the Past
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/assessing_the_assessments/2014/04/learnin...

Test-and-Punish Advocates' "Soft Bigotry of No Expectations"
http://eyeoned.org/content/the-soft-bigotry-of-no-expectations_562/

Repeal and Replace Test-Driven Common Core
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/repeal-and-replace-common_b_...

11 Problems Created by the Standardized Testing Obsession
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/22/11-proble...

Testing Mania, Charter Schools and Arne Duncan: Interview with Rep. Raul Grijalva
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/17/a_self_fulfilling_conflict_of_interest_c...

The Need to Make Test Data Public
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/opinion/a-need-to-go-public-with-test-...

More Research Needed on Proper Uses of Common Core Test Results
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/04/more_research_needed_b...

State Standardized Tests Have Negative Impact on Parents' Civic Engagement
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140407130927.htm

Are Wall Street Values Right for Public Schools?
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/op-ed_are_wall_street_values_...

A University of Arkansas Professor Explains His Family's Decision to Opt Out of Punitive, High-Stakes Tests
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-endacott/standardized-tests-opt-out_...

Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing Is Not Teaching
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/04/colorado_coa...

Untested Florida Exam Should Not Be Used to Punish Students, Teachers
http://members.jacksonville.com/news/metro/2014-04-16/story/critics-flor...
Florida Testing Fixation Eliminates Electives, Forces District to Create 700 New Tests
http://touch.orlandosentinel.com/#section/1285/article/p2p-79976261/
SW Florida Group Wants to End High-Stakes Testing
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/04/18/group-wants-en...
Why Florida Parents Want to Opt Their Kids Out of Standardized Tests
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/why-florida-parents-want-opt-their-kid...
Florida Computerized Testing Crashes
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-schools-suspend-fcat-testi...

Georgia Family Opts Children Out of State Standardized Exam
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/25299738/marietta-family-refuses-to-le...

Former Chicago Teacher Debuts Play About Testing Pressures
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140417/lakeview/former-cps-teacher-debu...

Nebraska Parent Starts Organizing Testing Opposition
http://www.nebraska.tv/story/25268704/doniphan-parent-not-a-fan-of-curre...

Why Nevada Families Should Opt Out of Common Core Testing
http://elkodaily.com/news/opinion/letter-opt-out-of-the-smarter-balanced...
Nevada Exempts Two Years of Students From Graduation Testing Requirement
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/state-exempts-2-years-studen...

New Jersey High School Students Take 34 Exams Each Year
http://feratisms.blogspot.com/2014/04/basic-math.html
More New Jersey Families Opt-Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/04/19/link-http-www-njspotlight-co...

Civil Rights Group's Suit Targets New Mexico's Test-Based School Grades
http://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/why-florida-parents-want-opt-their-kid...

New York City Teacher: Why New State Exams Fail My Test
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/state-exams-fail-test-article-1.1757467
Opt-Out Movement Gains Traction Across Western New York State
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/schools/opt-out-movement-gains-tr...
Syracuse Teachers Sue New York State Over Test-Based Educator Evaluations
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/syracuse_teachers_associa...
Brand Names in Standardized Tests Vex Parents
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/brand-names-ny-standardized-tests...
Taking Back Our Schools: Regional Rally in NYC-- May 17
http://saveourschoolsmarch.org/event/nyc-metro-spring-action/

Researchers Find Oklahoma School Grading System Misleads Public
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/oklahoma-s-system-of-grading-sc...
Oklahoma Parents Want to Know How to Opt Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.newson6.com/story/25267283/parents-ask-about-opting-students-...
Oklahoma Computerized Testing Crashes for Second Year in a Row
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/testing-system-for-oklahoma-stu...

Portland, Oregon School Board Member Seeks Three-Year Testing Moratorium
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/04/common_core_critic_...

New Law Eliminates South Carolina Exit Exam Requirement
http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140422/AIK0101/140429862/1004/gra...

Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill to Postpone Common Core Assessments
http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2014/04/17/state-legislature-votes-to-delay-comm...
Tennessee School Districts Now Required to Post Lists of All Tests Administered to Students
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2014/04/21/tests-kids-tak...

Testing Becomes Issue in Texas Race for Governor
http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/wendy-davis-slams-greg-ab...
Polling Shows Texas Leaving Testing Behind
http://www.texastribune.org/2014/04/17/polling-center-leaving-tests-behind/

Washington State Senator Wants to Get Rid of K-12 Standardized Testing
http://www.klewtv.com/news/local/McCoy-K12-255775011.html

British Teachers Threaten National Boycott Over Testing of Four-Year Olds
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/20/teachers-boycott-early-...

What is the "New" SAT Good For?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/16/what-is-t...

Revised SAT Exam Seeks to Maintain Relevance as Critics Question Its Worth
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1486184/revised-sat-exam-seeks-re...

Arne's New Competition: Graze To The Top
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/17/the-new-g...

An "All New, Improved" Value-Added Measurement Tool
http://edtweak.weebly.com/uploads/1/5/1/6/1516909/edtweak26.pdf