Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 19 - 25, 2015

"Testing Lacks Public Support," the headline on the Phi Delta Kappan's summary of its just published 2015 Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, says it all. The annual survey clearly shows that a majority of Americans are fed up with politically mandated overuse and misuse of standardized exams, just as FairTest and allies have repeatedly stated.
FairTest Reaction
http://www.fairtest.org/fairtest-reaction-2015-annual-gallupphi-delta-kapp
Complete PDK/Gallup Poll Data
http://pdkpoll2015.pdkintl.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/pdkpoll47_2015.pdf

National Defending the Opt-Out Movement
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/opinion/defending-the-opt-out-movement.html
National "Sorry, I'm Not Taking This Test"
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/08/opt-out-standardized-testing-overload

Arizona Teacher Evaluation Should Be Rigorous, Not Punitive
http://tucson.com/news/opinion/editorial/teacher-evaluations-should-be-rigorous-but-not-punitive/article_0b0835e1-e9b5-5814-8a13-6c1e197ee359.html
Arizona Is Skepticism About High-Stakes Testing Reaching a Tipping Point?
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/08/24/is-skepticism-about-high-stakes-testing-reaching-a-tipping-point

California Legislature Passes Exit Exam Reprieve and Governor Promises to Sign It
http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_28696312/exit-exam-senate-lifts-it-2015-grad-requirement
California What Is the True Value of a Test Score?
http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/lifestyle/20150821/school-desk-what-is-the-true-value-of-a-test-score

Connecticut State Balks at Releasing Test Scores
http://www.journalinquirer.com/state-balks-at-releasing-test-data-though-superintendents-given-a/article_278966e4-474e-11e5-a623-97b054cbf62e.html
Connecticut Schools To Be Rated on More Than Exam Results
http://www.courant.com/education/hc-schools-opening-testing-0822-20150823-story.html

Florida Schools Still Waiting for Results From Last Spring's Tests
http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2015/8/19/local_educators_stil.html
Florida Some Teachers Say "No" to Test-Based Bonuses
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/teachers/bonus-program-has-some-florida-teachers-telling-the-state-keep-your-money/2241561
Florida Local School Board Member Says State Fails at Testing Year After Year
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-school-testing-myword-082415-20150821-story.html

Maryland Questions About Cost-Savings Claims From New Tests
http://marylandreporter.com/2015/08/24/md-savings-on-new-standardized-school-tests-are-questioned/

Massachusetts Test and Punish Scheme Leaves Too Many Children Behind
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2015/08/24/test-and-punish-scheme-leaves-too-many-children-behind/BQPPt9r73JivDL6R5OaGLM/story.html
Massachusetts Too Many Tests, Too Little Creativity
http://www.telegram.com/article/20150825/NEWS/150829625

Michigan State Testing Time To Be Reduced
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/08/20/michigan-exam-mstep-shorten-length/32046953/

Mississippi Legislative Task Force Criticizes School Rating System
http://www.sunherald.com/2015/08/20/6374766/report-finds-school-ratings-flawed.html

Missouri Politicians Shouldn't Be Driving School Testing Policy
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/politicians-shouldn-t-be-driving-school-testing-policy/article_405b2da6-ca93-5214-b6b5-62de94dc2460.html
Missouri Poverty Strongly Related to Test Performance
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/school-district-scores-how-poverty-relates-to-performance/html_806bfff2-8414-5e24-9b9f-e9543ece79f6.html

Montana Schools Challenged by Delay of State Test Results
http://www.sidneyherald.com/news/schools-challenged-with-testing-delays/article_3b5b26f8-45ff-11e5-b90a-3bce33ea8dbf.html
Montana Refuses to Pay Testing Bill Because of Late Scores
http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/standardized-testing-scores-over-a-month-late/34898966

Nevada $1.3 Million Settlement Reached Over Botched Student Testing
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/education/13m-settlement-reached-over-botched-student-testing-program

New Mexico Stop Trying to Turn Teachers Into Algorithms
http://www.abqjournal.com/631568/opinion/stop-turning-teachers-into-algorithms.html
New Mexico Teacher Bonuses: A Study in Disparity
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/teacher-bonuses-a-study-in-disparity/article_b1fa0e6a-39eb-536b-8cb4-2fc104ac439f.html

New York No Financial Penalties for Districts with High Opt-Out Rates
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/21/nyregion/new-york-schools-with-many-students-who-skipped-tests-wont-lose-money.html
New York How One Community Organized for a 70% Opt-Out Rate
http://www.syracuse.com/schools/index.ssf/2015/08/behind_one_cny_school_districts_70-percent_state_test_opt_out_5_things_they_did.html
New York Editorial: Opt-Out Movement Sends A Clear Message
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/08/21/editorial-opt-out-movement-sends-clear-message/32060729/

North Dakota Parents Concerned About Over-Testing
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/state-and-regional/getting-answers-or-over-testing-local-parents-worry-about-too/article_2f346035-d7e1-5c37-8612-212456b3ff43.html

Ohio State Must Stop Micromanaging Local Schools
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/08/18/teacher-state-must-stop-micromanaging-schools/31924835/
Ohio Replaces PARCC Exams With AIR Tests
http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/High-stakes-tests-Ohio-changes-test-providers-187268.shtml

Oklahoma What Parents Need to Know About Testing
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/stefani-bartholomew-what-parents-need-to-know-about-testing/article_d4e79b9b-9343-564f-9c5e-3340ff74a11e.html

Oregon Some Demographic Groups Missed Fed 95% Participation "Target"
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/08/oregon_barely_meets_federal_te.html

Pennsylvania Too Many Standardized Exams Taking Toll
http://www.titusvilleherald.com/news/article_3f81aa06-455d-11e5-b901-57482ec91db8.html
Pennsylvania Districts Seek Less Testing, More Time for Teaching
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/85363-lower-pssa-scores-spur-some-pa-school-districts-to-call-for-less-testing

South Carolina Bill Would Allow Students to Skip Standardized Tests
http://www.independentmail.com/news/bill-would-allow-students-to-skip-standardized-tests_46735763

Tennessee What Do Testing Spikes and Nosedives Really Mean?
http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2015/08/18/testing-spikes-and-nosedives-what-does-it-all-mean/#.VdPo3itLUZw
Tennessee Pay For Test Scores Undermines Teaching Profession's Humanity
http://tnedreport.com/?p=1513

Texas Are Design Flaws the Reason So Many Students Struggle with State Grade Promotion Tests
http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/why-are-so-many-texas-students-struggling-with-staar/
Texas New Law Gives Options to Students Who Failed Graduation Exam
http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=1244015

States Gaining a New Say on School Accountability
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/08/19/states-gaining-a-say-on-school-accountability.html

Standardized Test Fixation May Be Holding Back Next Generation of Computer Programmers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2015/08/20/standardized-tests-may-be-holding-back-the-next-generation-of-computer-programmers/

Why I No Longer Am a Measurement Specialist
http://ed2worlds.blogspot.com/2015/08/why-i-am-no-longer-me4asurement.html?m=1

The Validity Evidence Gap for Education Achievement Tests
http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=18064

How to Get Into a Great College Without Great Test Scores
http://time.com/money/3998184/best-college-low-test-scores-tips/
FairTest List of ~850 Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Schools
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional