Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 22 - 28, 2015

Great to meet so many of you at the Education Writers Association and Network for Public Education conferences in Chicago last week and to hear how useful these news-and-tools updates are for your work!  It was rewarding to learn how many readers forward the clips to local list serves, post them on Facebook (they also go up on our page https://www.facebook.com/FairTest), and Tweet them to other activists.

Once again this week, we have clips covering the assessment reform movement activities from more than 30 or the 50 states compiled over just the past seven days.  Remember that back back issues of "Testing Resistance & Reform News" are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news/other for your reference

U.S. Senator to Offer Grade-Span Exam Alternative to "No Child" Overhaul
http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/local/2015/04/21/tester-wants-limit-child-testing-schools/26126185/

Write or Call Your Senators Today to Reduce Testing, End Federal High-Stakes Mandate
http://www.fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres
Time to Get Rid of "Test, Punish, Blame" Assessment Policies
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/04/21/no-child-left-behind-national-education-association-editorials-debates/26148257/

Nine States Experienced Widespread Computer Testing Crashes in April
http://www.fairtest.org/FairTest-Reacts-Computer-Admin-Testing-Problems

Alaska Test Refusals Hit Some Districts Hard
http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/04/24/testing-refusals-hit-haines-put-star-rating-and-funding-at-risk/

Arizona Data Reporting Delay Undercuts Reading Test-Based Grade Promotion
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/04/28/arizona-move-on-when-reading-no-automatic-failure-third-graders/26494367/

California Parents Learn How to Opt Their Children Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.cbs8.com/story/28887525/parents-learn-how-to-opt-out-their-students-from-standardized-testing
California Is Outlier From Test-Driven "Reform"
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/an-alternative-to-failed-education-reform-if-we-want-one/

Colorado State Senate Gives Preliminary Approval to Testing Reduction Bill
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27978066/colorado-senate-gives-preliminary-ok-testing-reduction-bill
Colorado Students Miss Days of Classroom Instruction to Make Time for Standardized Exams
http://blogs.denverpost.com/eletters/2015/04/24/missing-out-on-classroom-instruction-for-standardized-testing/37365/

Delaware Opt Out Bill Clears House Committee
http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=67714

Florida Miami-Dade, Nation's Fourth Largest District, Eliminates Nearly 300 Tests
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/23/us-usa-florida-education-idUSKBN0NE20X20150423
Florida's Latest Stab at High-Stakes Testing Earns an "F"
http://tbo.com/list/columns-jhenderson/floridas-latest-stab-at-high-stakes-school-testing-gets-an-f-20150422/

Georgia Test Cheating in Atlanta Was Tip of Education Corruption Iceberg
http://diverseeducation.com/article/71875/
Opt-Out Movement Reaches Georgia
http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Parents-concern-over-option-to-opt-out-of-standardized-testing-301141011.html?ref=011

Idaho Large Numbers Opting Out in Some Districts
http://www.eastidahonews.com/2015/04/140370/

Illinois Bill Would Allow Students to Opt Out of State Tests
http://chicago.suntimes.com/springfield-politics/7/71/548631/bill-allow-illinois-students-opt-state-tests
Illinois Students Demonstrate Against PARCC Exams
http://www.centralillinoisproud.com/story/d/story/students-protest-parcc-testing-in-uptown-normal/17600/7piaDH3BIEGMraXF6ROCwQ

Indiana ISTEP Testing a Mess Again This Year
http://wishtv.com/2015/04/23/istep-testing-a-mess-again-this-year/
Indiana Schools Delay Computerized Exams, Seek Waivers for Pencil-and-Paper Tests
http://www.ibj.com/articles/52870-schools-delay-testing-seek-online-waivers-after-glitches

Kansas Teachers Raise Questions About State Tests
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-04-25/teachers-raise-questions-about-state-tests

Louisiana Opt-Out Movement Hopes to Grow With Parent Outreach Events
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/education/2015/04/23/parcc-opt-movement-aims-grow-saturday-events/26245759/

Maine Many Students Opting Out of State Exams
http://www.fosters.com/article/20150422/NEWS/150429812/14327

Maryland School District Assesses Testing Requirements
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/schools/public/frederick-county-school-board-assesses-testing-requirements/article_416fd373-5ffe-58c4-90c4-adc5c85bebd9.html

Massachusetts State Education Board Holds Public Hearings on Testing Alternatives
http://wwlp.com/2015/04/26/state-education-board-holding-hearings-on-mcas-parcc-tests/

Michigan Some Parents Opt Their Children Out of New State Tests
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/04/some_ann_arbor_parents_opt_chi.html

Minnesota Temporarily Suspends Testing Due to Computer Administration Problems
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/21/minnesota-testing-freeze
Pearson Should Pay for Testing Problems
http://hometownsource.com/2015/04/22/joe-nathan-column-pearson-should-pay-for-mca-testing-problems/

Missouri Testing at a Crossroads for Test Students, Schools
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article19458255.html

Nevada Clark County, Nation's Fifth Biggest School District, Suspends Faulty Testing Indefinitely
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/apr/23/ccsd-common-core-testing-stopped/
Breach of Contract Declared After Computer Exam Administration Crash
http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Common-Core-Testing-Crash-Prompts-State-Irregularity--300754201.html

New Jersey Teachers Tell Commissioner Not to Withhold School Funds Due to Opt Outs
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/04/njea_to_education_chief_retract_parcc_opt_out_stat.html
N.J. PARCC Tests Become Untenable From Every Perspective
http://www.nj.com/suburbannews/index.ssf/2015/04/letter_parcc_becomes_untenable.html

New York Delays Test-Based Student Evaluation After Widespread Opt Outs
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2015/04/22/teacher-evaluations-delayed/26210691/
New York Opt-Outs Top 193,000 for English Language Arts, 150K and Counting for Math
http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2015/04/updated_nys_opt_out_stats_by_district_at_least.html#incart_river.html#incart_river
State Tests Making Rebels Out of Parents
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/state-tests-making-rebels-of-parents-20150418

North Carolina School Grades Primarily Reward Affluence
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article19419054.html
Why North Carolina Needs an Opt-Out Option for School Testing
http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article19417917.html

North Dakota Computer Testing Faces Another Delay
http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/3732344-north-dakota-testing-sees-delays-again

Oklahoma First-Grade Teacher Faces Disciplinary Action for Refusing to Administer Developmentally Inappropriate Tests
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/tulsa-teacher-follows-through-on-vow-to-not-test-first/article_0fe6fb0d-6a50-5d8d-a049-cc8b38b2969a.html

Oregon Almost One in Four Juniors Opt Out at Eugene High School
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33013390-75/almost-1-in-4-juniors-at-south-eugene-high-opt-out-of-standardized-test.html.csp

Pennsylvania PSSA Exams Are Hurting Our Kids: Time for Conscientious Objection
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2015/04/22/The-PSSAs-are-hurting-my-kids-as-they-are-being-tested-on-what-they-don-t-know/stories/201504220023
"Just Say No" More Pennsylvania Parents Pull the Plug on Standardized Tests
http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/just-say-no-more-state-college-parents-pull-the-plug-on-standardized-tests,1463681/

South Carolina School Districts Begin to Honor Opt-Out Requests
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150424/PC16/150429596/1268/some-south-carolina-school-districts-honoring-opt-out-requests-for-standardized-testing&source=RSS

Texas Students Opting Out of STAAR Test
http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/2015/04/21/parents-taking-kids-out-of-staar-testing/26153229/
Texas House Passes Bill to Grant High School Diplomas to Some Students with Low Scores
http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_27969676/bill-would-allow-high-school-diplomas-bad-test

Washington Entire Junior Class at High School Boycotts State Test
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/nathan-hale-high-school-juniors-boycott-state-test/
Washington Opt Out Because Times Spent Testing Would Be Better Spent Learning
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/24/time-spent-testing-better-spent-learning/

West Virginia Opt Out Movement Grows
http://www.statejournal.com/story/28883677/opting-in-opting-out-schools-begin-smarter-balanced-tests
State in Limbo Over Test Refusals
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/x1641587509/Impact-of-testing-refusals-yet-to-play-out

Wisconsin Taxpayers Feel "Ripped Off" by Faulty New Test
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/vos-taxpayers-feel-ripped-off-by-badger-exam-b99487113z1-301067851.html
Legislative Leaders Promise No Consequences From This Year's Test Scores
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/state-and-regional/wi/assembly-republicans-to-pass-school-testing-pause-bill/article_1d11167d-5e38-5196-8848-134db41df56d.html

Big Testing Companies Spent Millions Lobbying Congress and States
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/30/report-big-education-firms-spend-millions-lobbying-for-pro-testing-policies/

Sir Ken Robinson on U.S. School "Reform"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/04/21/sir-ken-robinson-has-a-lot-to-say-about-u-s-school-reform-it-isnt-good/