Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 5- 8, 2014

It's only been four days since Friday's "special issue" on the rapidly accelerating movement to replace standardized exam overkill with performance assessment, and there are already more than two dozen stories about testing resistance and related issues from 18 states.  Remember that an archive of news clips is online at http://www.fairtest.org/news --  you can help support this work, and the movement it serves, by clicking on the red "Donate to FairTest" button on that web page.

Note that many U.S. Senators and Representatives will be in their home districts from April 11 to 25 for the Congressional Spring Recess. That would be a great time to set up constituent meetings with them, ask elected official tough questions about testing policy at public events, and hold demonstrations outside their offices.

Alabama Educator Writes: "I Just Want to Teach"
http://www.scribd.com/doc/215385702/i-Just-Want-to-Teach

Assessing Alaska's State Assessments
http://www.frontiersman.com/schools/chalk_talk/assessing-the-state-assessment/article_240d81ca-beca-11e3-9a43-001a4bcf887a.html

California Mom: Four Reasons Why I'm Opting My Kids Out of Common Core Testing
http://www.babble.com/kid/4-reasons-im-opting-my-kids-out-of-common-core-testing/

Feds Warn Florida Not to Exempt More Severely Disabled Students from Testing
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/04/07/federal-officials-warn-florida-not-to-exempt-students-from-testing/

Florida to Pay Utah $5.4 Million for "Common Core" Test Rental
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865600442/Florida-to-pay-Utah-54M-for-Common-Core-test-rental.html

Test-Based Accountability Won't Improve Georgia Schools
http://mdjonline.com/bookmark/24884603-Will-new-teacher-evaluation-system-fix-Georgia-school-woes-

Illinois Advances Bill Requiring Analysis of Testing Costs and Other Impacts
http://illinoisschoolnews.com/2014/isns/issues/040814-Testing-data-reporting-mandate-on-ISBE-gathers-momentum.htm

More Than Half of Students at Northampton Mass. School Opt Out of Common Core Test
http://www.gazettenet.com/news/11480796-95/parcc-protest-more-than-half-of-jackson-street-students-chosen-to-try-mcas-replacement

Massachusetts Third Grader Stands Up to Standardized Exams
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-valdes-greenwood/talking-back-to-the-test-a-third-grader-speaks-up_b_5046681.html

Minnesota Parent: I'm Opting Out Because I Am Pro-Child
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/sarahlahm/i-am-pro-child-and-i-opt-out

New Jersey Schools Still Have Concerns About Readiness for Computerized Testing
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/education/schools-still-have-concerns-after-field-trials-for-computer-based/article_11e411dc-be91-11e3-a53f-001a4bcf887a.html

At Least 33,000 New York Students Opted-Out of Last Week's Tests
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/605839-33000-new-york-children-skip-standardized-tests/

New York Parents and Teachers Rally Against Common Core Tests
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/education&id=9491448

Teachers Vote "No Confidence" in NY State Ed Commissioner
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/210181/nysut-delegates-reiterate-king-must-go/

Nevada Tells Districts Students May Opt Out of Common Core Field Tests
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/parent-questions-whether-schools-can-require-students-field-test-new-exams

Reading Promotion Test Stress Hits Oklahoma Third Graders
http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/features/because-i-said-so-test-stress-hits-even-good-readers/article_d7efce52-be32-11e3-9399-0017a43b2370.html

Pennsylvania Standardized Exam Fixation is Stifling Creativity
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/standardized-curriculums-are-stifling-creativity/article_8183c2e2-bb69-11e3-95ea-0017a43b2370.html

South Carolina Testing Overload Fails to Prepare Students
http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/04/06/3044645/testing-overload-fails-to-prepare.html?sp=/99/342/

South Carolina Suspends Common Core Testing System
http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20140407/AIK0101/140409581/1004/state-suspends-new-student-assessment-program

Texas Opt-Out Petition Gains Signatures
http://kyledmassey.com/petition-parental-rights/

More Utah Parents Saying "No" to Standardized Tests
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57771592-78/parents-tests-students-state.html.csp

Common Core Test Costs Worry Vermont Schools
http://www.thevermontstandard.com/2014/04/test-costs-not-results-worry-area-schools/

Virginia Students Will Take Fewer Standardized Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/virginia-students-will-take-fewer-standards-of-learning-tests-next-year/2014/04/05/eea18666-bb46-11e3-9a05-c739f29ccb08_story.html

"Performance Assessments" Will Replace Some Multiple-Choice Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/what-are-authentic-assessments-how-are-they-different-from-multiple-choice-tests/2014/04/05/612454e8-bb7e-11e3-9a05

What If We Had a Test and Nobody Took It?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/what-if-we-had-a-test-and_b_5101640.html

Children, Not Tests, Should Be the "Common Core" of Our Schools
http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Children-the-core-of-our-schools-5383377.php

State Standardized Test Policies Have a Negative Impact on Civic Engagement
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140407130927.htm

Michelle Rhee Still Doesn't Get It
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/06/michelle-rhee-still-doesnt-get-it/