Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 18 - 21, 2015

This week's update is being sent from the Education Writers Association National Seminar where hundreds of reporters, editors and columnists are talking about the opt-out movement and other forms of testing resistance as well as proposals for real assessment reform at the local, state and national levels.

Opt-Out Movement Accelerates Nationally Amid Common Core Testing
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/opt-movement-accelerates-amid-c...
Parents All Over U.S. Opting Out of Standardized Exams
http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/17/living/parents-movement-opt-out-of-testing...

U.S. Senate Fresh Battle Looms When Full Membership Takes Up "No Child" Rewrite
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/04/22/fresh-battles-loom-when-ful...

Arkansas New School Grades Offer Confusing Snapshot of Educational Quality
http://swtimes.com/news/new-school-grading-system-offers-fuzzy-snapshot-...

California Corporate Titans Fight Over State Testing Contract
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/04/22/testing-titans-pearson-ets-...

Colorado Testing Madness Hits State Capitol
http://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/15906915-113/vail-daily-column-testing-...

Florida Statewide Computer Testing System Collapses Again
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/fsa-server-issue-leaves-students-...
Florida's Quiet Assessment Reform Victory
http://contextflorida.com/julie-delegal-silent-victory-for-floridas-educ...

Georgia Parents Say "No" to State Milestones Test
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/109197/
Atlanta Cheating Scandal Revealed Standardized Test Misuse is the Real "Crime"
http://thegrio.com/2015/04/17/atlanta-cheating-scandal-standardized-test...

Illinois Teachers Association Endorses Parental Opt Out
http://teacherpoetmusicianglenbrown.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-iea-adopted...

Indiana Students Vexed by Glitches in Online Practice Tests
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-istep-pra...

Massachusetts Testing Mania Has Kept Us From Teaching the Whole Child
http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/04/testing_mania_has_kept...

Minnesota Testing: Where Political Theater Meets Commercial Reality
http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2015/04/student-testing-where-pol...

Nevada Common Core Test Crashes Again on First Day Back
http://kfgo.com/news/articles/2015/apr/21/nevada-common-core-test-crashe...

New Jersey PARCC Testing Takes Toll on Daily Learning
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/04/parcc_testing_takes_toll_on_daily_le...

New York Revolt Over Standardized Testing Continues
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/17/opinion/the-revolt-over-standardized-t...
Burgeoning Opt-Out Movement Builds Pressure to Change Standardized Testing
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/burgeoning-opt-out-movement-builds-pr...
New York Opt-Outs Top 184,000 --- Track the Movement Here
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/t2_8Bg3h8mqx6Ax8rwGG5Mw/htmlview?...

Oklahoma Demoralizing Test Score Concerns Addressed by State Education Dept.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/demoralizing-test-score-concern...

Oregon Needs Students with Know-How, Not Higher Test Scores
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/32984969-78/we-need-know-how-not-hig...

Pennsylvania Why I Opted My Child Out of the PSSA Exams
http://www.theintell.com/news/communities/doylestown/why-i-opted-out-of-...

South Carolina Too Much High-Stakes Testing
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150419/PC1002/150419299/1021/
South Carolina Parents Rally Against Exam Overkill
http://www.counton2.com/story/28852351/parents-rally-in-columbia-against...

Texas Parents Joining Movement to Opt Out of Standardized Exams
http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article18761976.html
Texas School Board Calls for End to High-Stakes Testing Mandates, Locally Controlled Assessments
http://www.aisd.net/FrntNews_single.aspx?Article_ID=1853

Washington State Parents Opting Kids Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/28835061/parents-opting-students-out-of...
Common Core Testing Meltdown in Seattle
http://iamaneducator.com/2015/04/18/common-core-testing-meltdown-in-seat...

West Virginia Student Testing Opt-Out Movement Provokes Legal Debate
http://www.charlestondailymail.com/article/20150419/DM01/150419223/1276

Wisconsin Badger Exam Mired in Political Controversy
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/writers/pat_schneider/badger-exam-...
Nearly 5% of Madison Students Opt Out of New Common Core Test
http://host.madison.com/news/local/education/local_schools/nearly-percen...