Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 1 - August 7, 2013

With schools around the nation beginning to reopen, here's another spate of stories about test-score manipulation and the growing movement to reduce the emphasis on standardized exams.

Indiana School Grading Scandal: No Excuse for Bennett's Cheating
http://www.chestertontribune.com/Indiana%20News/guest_commentary_on_the_school_g.htm

Florida Chief's Resignation Undermines School Grading Movement
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/school-grading-questioned-with-florida-chiefs-exit-95101.html

Bennett-gate and the Politics of School Grading
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/bennett-gate-and-the-politics-of-grading-schools/

"Cheats for Change" Website
http://cheats4change.tumblr.com/

Unusual Political Alliance Opposes Common Core Test Implementation
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130801/NEWS04/308010049/Common-Core-critics-call-timeout-tougher-standards

What is the Goal of Common Core Testing?
http://dianeravitch.net/2013/08/05/what-is-the-goal-of-common-core-testing/

Ever-Changing Testing Mandates Confuse and Discourage Students -- Common Core Will Make It Worse
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/07/28/new-policies-putting-high-school-diplomas-to-the-test/

Rhode Island Judge Bars Secret Board Meeting on Testing Plan
http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Judge-sides-with-ACLU-on-education-board-retreat-4708791.php

Chicago Cuts Back on District-Mandated Tests
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/21762994-761/cps-to-cut-back-on-standardized-tests.html

NYC Mayoral Candidates Call for Deemphasis on Standardized Tests
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2013/08/06/candidates-critique-bloomberg-on-student-test-scores/

What Big Drop in Test Scores Really Means
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/07/what-big-drop-in-new-standardized-test-scores-really-means/

8 Ways Pearson and Other Corporations Profit from Standardized Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/corporations-profit-standardized-tests

Games People Play in Modern School Reform
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/civic_mission/2013/07/games_people_play_in_modern_school_reform.html

Five Absurdities About High-Stakes Standardized Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/06/five-absurdities-about-high-stakes-standardized-tests/

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