Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 12 - 18, 2015

School doors are opening in many parts of the country but test scores from last spring are just beginning to be released. The big news in many jurisdictions is the huge surge in the number of families who opted out, a movement that is sure to grow in the 2015-2016 academic year. In many state capitals and Washington, DC policy makers are responding to mounting grassroots pressure by reducing test overuse and misuse -- we are making progress, but there's still a long way to go!

If you have been on vacation, you can catch up on assessment reform news through FairTest's weekly news clip archives at: http://www.fairtest.org/news/other

National Next Step for Assessment Reform Activists for "No Child" Law Overhaul
http://www.livingindialogue.com/next-steps-for-test-reform-activists-on-...
National Community Schools As a Model for a Civil Rights-Oriented Federal Education Law
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-weiss/community-schools-as-a-mo_b_7...

Multiple States Opt-Out Movement Spreads Widely; About 500,000 Refused Tests This Year
http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/causes-potential-consequences-o...
Multiple States PARCC Testing Consortium Shrinks to Just Seven States
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/08/13/parcc-consortium-...

Arizona New Tests Should Lead to Larger "Proficiency" Gaps
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/08/11/azmerit-expect-...
Arizona New Tests Questioned After Alarming Results
http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/29785260/az-standardized-tests-questi...

California San Francisco Awards High School Diplomas Without Exit Exam
http://abc7news.com/education/sf-school-board-allows-students-to-graduat...
California Quarter Billion Dollar Testing Contract Shows Lobbying Loopholes
http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2015/08/13/240-million-education-contract-illus...

Colorado State School Board Considers Testing Cutbacks
http://www.educationdive.com/news/colorado-school-board-to-consider-test...

Connecticut Schools Still Waiting for Test Score Delivery, No Definite Target Date
http://www.greenwichtime.com/news/article/Schools-still-waiting-for-test...

Florida School Testing Debate Heats Up
http://home.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/floridas-school-testing-...
Florida Districts in Holding Pattern Waiting for Testing Validity Report
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/florida/2015/08/8574165/schools-ho...

Illinois Stop Chicago's Test-Based High School Madness
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/7/71/869723/opinion-9

Indiana Tests Fail Students, Teachers, Schools and Taxpayers
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/editorials/Failing-its-students-82...

Missouri School Administrators Seek Overhaul of State Assessment System
http://www.dailystatesman.com/story/2220919.html
Missouri Churn of State Exams Puts Test-Based Accountability at Risk
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/churn-of-missouri-state-tes...

Montana Kids Need More Than High Standardized Exam Scores
http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/education/bozeman-educators-sa...

Nevada Replaces Testing Contractor Following Screwup
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2015/08/12/nevada-replaces-testi...

New Hampshire State Replaces High School Smarter Balanced Test with SAT
http://www.fosters.com/article/20150817/NEWS/150819479/14372

New Mexico Lawsuit Against Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Moves Forward
http://www.abqjournal.com/627053/news/case-against-teacher-evals-moves-f...

New York 20% of State's Students Opted Out of Standardized Exams
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/13/nyregion/new-york-state-students-stand...
New York Test Refusal Movement's Success Hampers Analysis of Exam Results
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/15/nyregion/new-york-state-exam-refusals-...
New York Why Did Opt Out Percentages Vary So Much? The Answer is Organizing
http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2015/08/why_did_nys_test_opt_o...

North Carolina Why Opting Out is Suddenly In
http://www.carolinajournal.com/daily_journal/display.html?id=12306

Ohio Bill Would Give Local Districts Control Over Standardized Tests
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/08/13/ohio-bill-would-g...

Pennsylvania Number of Students Who Opted Out of State Exams Rose Dramatically
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/85163-number-of-pa-student...
Pennsylvania Local School Board Presses State to Cut Back Standardized Testing
http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20150816/pottsgrove-school-board-t...

Tennessee Join Me in a Fond Farewell to the TCAP
http://www.lebanondemocrat.com/opinion/column/697761

Texas Nearly 105,000 Students Face Test-Based Retention
http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/nearly-105000-texas-fifth-an...
Texas Boy Advances to Junior High After Opting Out of Elementary School Tests
http://www.newschannel6now.com/story/29774176/texoma-boy-advances-after-...

Virginia What Testing Doesn't Tell Us
http://hamptonroads.com/2015/08/what-testing-doesnt-tell-us#

Washington Delay of Science Exit Exam Requirement Boosts Graduation Rate
http://myedmondsnews.com/2015/08/waiver-of-science-exam-by-state-boosts-...
Washington Standardized Test Refusals Ripple Through State Test Results
http://www.kplu.org/post/standardized-test-refusals-ripple-through-state...

Invest in Children, Not Testing.  It's That Simple!
https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2015/08/17/invest-in-child...

The Costs of "Accountability"
http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/08/03/the-costs-of-accountabil...

Pencils Down: More Colleges Drop Standardized Tests
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/16/us-usa-education-tests-idUSKCN...
FairTest Directory of Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Colleges and Universities
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional