Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 15 - August 21, 2013

FairTest's newsblasts are designed to help keep activists and journalists up to date about the status of the testing resistance and reform movement while also providing resources and models for effective organizing.  Please let us know the email addresses of any colleagues who would benefit from these weekly updates.

New Gallup Poll Shows Americans "Fed Up" With Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-press-release-new-poll-shows-americans-fe

Bipartisan Group of North Carolina Education Leaders Seeks Testing Reprieve
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/08/13/4234127/nc-education-leaders-seek-testing.html

Tennessee Educators Fight Plan to Tie Teacher Licenses to Student Test Scores
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130815/NEWS04/308150068/TEA-fights-using-student-growth-scores-teacher-license-renewal

1500 Rally Against Common Core Tests
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/1-500-rally-against-common-core-tests-at-comsewogue-high-school-1.5910413

Numbers Driven Common Core Initiative Ignores Life's Realities
http://riverheadnewsreview.timesreview.com/2013/08/47266/column-common-sense-on-common-core/

New York to Hold Hearings on Tests, Common Core and Data Privacy
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2013/08/16/new-york-legislature-reconsider-testing-common-core

Parents for Public Schools Head Would Tell Obama Testing Is Not Working
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/parents_for_public_schools_president_would_tell_obama_testing_isnt_working.html

Do Common Core Tests Have Educational Value?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/tests-designed-so-student_b_3739487.html

Opposition to Common Core Tests and Standards Grows
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/16/education/new-education-standards-face-growing-opposition.html

How Common Core Standards Will "Succeed"
http://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/why-common-core-standards-will-succeed/

Wall Street "Ethics" Used for School Ratings
http://jasonstanford.org/2013/08/is-texas-adopting-wall-street-ethics-for-school-ratings/

Jeb Bush's Dishonesty on School "Reform"
http://atthechalkface.com/2013/08/20/honesty-is-such-a-lonely-word-jeb-bush-lacks-credibility-again/

Cheating is Inevitable Result of Focus on Test Scores -- excellent, succinct letter to the editor
http://articles.courant.com/2013-08-16/news/hcrs-16164--20130816_1_connecticut-mastery-test-school-funding-cheating

see FairTest resources on test cheating causes and consequences:
http://fairtest.org/2013-Cheating-Report-PressRelease

End Testing Culture in Public Schools -- another fine LTE
http://www.sacbee.com/2013/08/12/5639543/standardized-tests-in-schools.html

What We Should Do With School Test Scores
http://www.addisonindependent.com/201308guest-editorial-school-test-scores-and-what-we-should-do-them