Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 27 - September 2, 2014

This week's biggest assessment reform news was the vote to "opt out" of state-mandated standardized exams by the Lee County, Florida School Board.  Though that was the most dramatic action so far this school year, we are seeing more and more local officials across the nation speaking out against testing overkill.  As grassroots activists, educators, and experts ratchet up the pressure, expect more politicians to join the chorus of Americans saying, "Enough is enough!"

Colorado Education Leaders Question Standardized Testing Fixation
http://watchdogwire.com/colorado/2014/08/26/standardized-testing-questio...

Florida District Sets Precedent by Voting to "Opt Out" of Standardized Testing
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/us-usa-florida-education-idUSK...
Lee County Schools Opt-Out Action is First Real Public Stand
http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/08/28/opting-d...
In MIami-Dade Schools, the Testing Never Ends
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/09/01/4322452/in-miami-dade-schools-test...

Taking It Beyond Testing: Minnesota Think Tank Report on School Funding Priorities
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/education-taking-it-beyond-testing...

Mississippi County Superintendents Says Test Scores Are "Meaningless" and "Useless"
http://onlinemadison.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=2...

Keep New Jersey Test Scores in Proper Context
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/08/28/editorial-keep-te...

New York City Mayor Pledges to Scrap Test-Only Selective High School Admissiosn
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/mayor-de-blasio-defends-p...

New Mexico Students Decry Say Standardized Test Pressure Undercuts Learning
http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-students-feeling-pressure-standardized-t...

Oklahoma Will Not Use Scores From Failed McGraw-Hill Writing Exam
http://newsok.com/state-education-department-says-it-will-withold-fifth-...

Texas Tests Are Developmentally Inappropriate; Scores Are Politically Manipulated -- Great Letters to the Editor
http://letterstotheeditorblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/staar-standards-tes...

Vermont Stands Up to Testing, Respects Students, Parents and Teachers
http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=3205

Washington State Educators Have a Message for Arne Duncan
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/29/we-have-a...

Student Test Scores Do Not Drive National Economic Performance:
http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publications/policypoints/Test-Sco...

Teachers of Affluent Students Get Highest Evaluations
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2014/08/do_ratings_penalize_t...

Common Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/08/parcc_shortens_english...

A Question for Arne Duncan: Who is Really "Sucking Air" Out of Education?
http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/2014/08/duncans-unsolicited-confessio...

Test-Optional College Admissions Movement Takes Off
http://www.examiner.com/list/the-test-optional-movement-takes-off