Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 13 - 19, 2014

Across the U.S., students are returning to classrooms where even more time will be devoted to standardized exam preparation and administration. Over the summer, some districts developed hundreds of new tests to comply with mandates from federal and state politicians who are still not listening to their constituents (http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/collier-must-create-more-than-7...).  Not surprisingly, the escalating testing frenzy is additional motivation for the nation's growing assessment reform movement.

Colorado Opt-Out Movement Grows
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/08/15/more-colorado-students-opt-out-of-tes...

Large Florida County School Board Votes to Research Opting Out of Standardized Testing
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/08/12/lee-county-sch...
Florida District Test Opt-Out Options Legally Unclear
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/08/13/lee-school-boa...

More Lessons From Atlanta, Georgia Cheating Scandal
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/walt_gardners_reality_check/2014/08/atlan...

Indiana Superintendent Criticizes Politically Motivated School Grading System
http://www.courierpress.com/news/education/making-the-grade/ritz-express...

Michigan School's Grade Plunges Due to Administrative Error
http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2014/08/16/news/doc53ee49bac2ffc331949...
Michigan School Ratings Largely Measure Race and Income, Not Academic Performance
http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20413

New Jersey Test-and-Punish Policies Drive Out Good Teachers
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/08/17/com...

Bad Data Sunk New Mexico Teacher Ratings
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/skandera-admits-santa-fe...
New Mexico Governor Candidate Calls for Moratorium on High-Stakes Exams
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/gary-king-fire-skandera-...

How New Common Core Tests Fail New York Students
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/17/a-painful...
New York Parents and Educators Outraged by Poor Quality, Low Accuracy of Common Core Tests
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/08/14/ny-parent-educator-group-outraged-by-...
Common Core Testing in N.Y. Creates a Narrative of Failure
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/cavanagh-common-core-testi...
Check Out Pearson's New York Common Core Test Questions -- Can You Pass the Eighth Grade Math Test?
https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-common-core-sample-ques...
New York State Gives Grants to Districts to Reduce Number of Tests
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/08/15/state-pays-schools-...

Understanding The Texas Accountability "Twilight Zone"
http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/08/12/6038375/in-the-accountability-tw...

No Child Left Behind: An Utter Failure in Vermont
http://www.vnews.com/opinion/13141797-95/editorial-a-test-thats-failing-...

Catching Pearson Test Scoring Error Boosts 224 Virginia Students from Failing to Passing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/14/scoring-e...
See an Updated Chronology of Pearson Testing Errors
http://fairtest.org/pearsons-history-testing-problems
Virginia Family Says Testing Requirement Impedes Their Unitarian Religious Beliefs
http://www.wset.com/story/26284423/local-family-fights-for-exemption-say...

Washington Superintendents Blast No Child Left Behind "Failing" Grades
http://www.kvi.com/home/featured/271226351.html
Feds Failed School Rules Inspire Revolting Response
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2024322006_westneat17xml.html

Why Schools Are Awash in a Wave of Testing
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2014/0817/US-education-How-we-got...

Heavy Criticism of NCLB Waivers on Three-Year Anniversary
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/08/20/01waivers.h34.html

Duncan Funnels Millions to College Board for Advanced Placement Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/duncan-funnels-millions-t_b_5...

Teaching is Not a Business
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/opinion/sunday/teaching-is-not-a-busin...

Test-Based Grade Three Reading Retention Does Not Work
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-e-slavin/reading-by-third-grade_b_5...

Testing Fixation Leads to Narrowed Curriculum for African American
http://phys.org/news/2014-08-range-skills-students-taught-school.html