Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 29 - May 5, 2015

During the final weeks of the spring 2015 standardized exam season, the testing resistance and reform movement is surging across the nation.  Record opt-out drives, state legislation to reduce testing overuse and roll back misuses, and Congressional action overhauling "No Child Left Behind," are all in this week's spotlight.

National Standardized Testing Backlash: More Parents Pull Kids From Exams as Protest
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/0430/Standardized-test-backl...
Hollow Threats of Retaliation Won't Intimidate Families Who Opt Out
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/02/are-gover...
Arne Duncan and Other Reformers Should be Held Accountable for All the Children They Hurt
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/should-we-hold-arne-dunca_b_...

Alaska Opt-Out Numbers Up Tenfold From Last Year in Fairbanks
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/more-fairbanks-students-opting-...

Arizona Complaint Charges State Education Super Disrupted School Testing
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/05/05/diane-do...

California Half of Suburban Los Angeles Community Juniors Opt Out of Common Core Tests
http://edsource.org/2015/half-of-juniors-opt-out-of-common-core-tests-in...
Group of Reform-Minded California Districts Measure More than Standardized Exam Scores
http://www.cafwd.org/reporting/entry/group-of-reform-minded-california-s...

Colorado Should Cut Testing to Federal Minimums
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/04/30/no-one-will-miss-ninth-grade-standard...
Colorado Springs Students Opt Out in Droves
http://gazette.com/student-opt-out-of-testing-in-droves-in-some-colorado...

Connecticut Schools Make Misleading Threats of Punishment for Students Who Opt Out
http://blog.ctnews.com/kantrowitz/2015/05/04/juniors-at-bridgeports-fair...

Florida Districts Cut Way Back on Exam Mandates
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/04/29/402585146/several-florida-school-...
Florida Standardized Tests Need Thorough, Independent Review
http://www.theledger.com/article/20150430/EDIT01/150429285

Georgia Contractor CTB/McGraw-Hill Should Refund Taxpayers' Money for Faulty Milestones Tests
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/04/29/dear-ctbmcgraw-hill-give-back...

Illinois PARCC Test Opponents Rally for Opting Out
http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/b-n-parcc-test-opponents-rally-for-...

Louisiana PARCC Exam Boycotts Continue
http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2015/05/louisiana_common_core_te...

Maine Testing Backlash Movement Builds
http://freepressonline.com/main.asp?SectionID=52&SubSectionID=78&Article...
Legislation to Eliminate Maine School Grades Views Students as "More Than a Score"
http://courier.mainelymediallc.com/news/2015-04-30/Editorial/More_than_a...

Massachusetts School Shows What Is Possible for Children
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/05/a-school-...

Minnesota State Computerized Testing Earns an "F"
http://www.dglobe.com/opinion/editorials/3733220-editorial-mca-testing-g...
Minneapolis Opt-Out Surge Disrupts Score Averages
http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/302318381.html

Montana Officials Seek State Action Over Computerized Exam Malfunctions
http://www.kulr8.com/story/28923928/state-officials-pursuing-legal-actio...

New Hampshire Local Officials Blast State Testing Policy
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150505/NEWS0606/150509682/0/FRONTPAGE

Nevada Schools Confront Online Testing Failure
http://mvprogress.com/2015/04/29/local-schools-cope-with-online-state-te...
Nevada Computer Testing Foul-up Leads to Suspension of School Grading
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2015/04/30/state-board-schools-r...

New Hampshire Parent Questions Whether Testing Companies Are Monitoring Students Online
http://www.myfoxboston.com/story/28974926/parent-questioning-if-testing-...

New Jersey Threats to Cut Funding Over Test Opt-Outs Are on Shaky Legal Ground
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/04/30/op-ed-threats-to-cut-funding...
N.J Lawmakers Want to Limit Impact of Student Scores on Teacher Evaluation
http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-lawmakers-want-to-limit-impact-of-st...

New York Lawmakers Call for Action After Tens of Thousands Opt Out From Tests
http://wamc.org/post/more-lawmakers-call-action-after-students-opt-out-t...
New York City Schools Chancellor Blasts Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/city-schools-chancellor-bl...

Ohio Senate Panel Recommends Fewer Tests
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/04/30/senate-panel-fe...

Rhode Island School Officials Say PARCC Tests Take Too Much Time
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150429/NEWS/150429215/14111

South Carolina Call Standardized Testing Excessive, Frustrating
http://coladaily.com/2015/05/02/local-teachers-call-standardized-tests-e...

Tennessee Families Opt Out of State Test Despite Threat to Final Grades
http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/parents-opt-out-tca...

Texas Parents, Educators Push to Reform State Testing
http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1198652
Texas Legislature Sends Governor Bill to Ease End-of-Course Grad Test Requirements
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20150429-bill-to-redu...
Houston Schools Back Off From Threat of Summer School for Students Who Opt Out
http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2015/04/hisd_has_second_thoughts_abou...

Vermont Educational Experts Get a Taste of New Standardized Tests
http://vtdigger.org/2015/04/30/education-experts-get-a-taste-of-new-stan...

Virginia Allows Expedited Retakes for Students Falling Short on State Exams
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_9cc3c193-27b...

Washington Big Wave of Seattle Juniors Skipping New High School Test
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/education/big-wave-of-seattle-j...
All Nova High School Juniors and Seniors Refused to Take Common Core Exams
https://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/nova-high-school-in...

John Oliver Explains Everything That Is Wrong with Standardized Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/04/john-oliver-standardized-testin...

Pearson's Checkered Past Should Be a Warning Call for States Considering Testing Vendors
http://libn.com/2015/04/30/checkered-past/

Test-Optional College Admissions Surge
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/college_bound/2015/04/survey_shows_surge_...