Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 28 - September 5, 2013

With schools open across the nation, opposition to the planned Common Core Assessments is surging.  As protests spread, more commentators are taking note of the disconnect between the growing resistance to standardized exam overkill among parents, teachers and community leaders and the stubborn support of failed testing policies by public officials.

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Common Core Assessment Myths -- New FairTest Fact Sheet
http://fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

States Worried About Common Core Tests
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/08/29/states-core-tests/

Most School Districts Cannot Handle Common Core Technology Demands
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2013/09/05/networks-core-common-002/?ps=23351...

Why a Common Core Standards Proponent Opposes the Common Core Tests
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/e-d-hirsch-jr/common-core-tests_b_3824859....

A Test for New York Mayoral Candidates
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/test-mayoral-candidates-article-1.144...

Stop and Frisk These Test Scores
http://thejosevilson.com/stop-and-frisk-these-test-scores/#sthash.6ysFVR...

New Yorkers Organize "Send Back the Scores" Protest Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/238152966333080/

More Georgia Parents Eager to Opt-Out of State Tests
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/88130/

Illinois District Super Says Cut-Score Increase will "Push Students Off Cliff"
http://www.gcsdblogs.org/kuffel/?p=847

Back to School for Providence Student Activists
http://providence.thephoenix.com/news/155349-extracurricular-activism/?p...

North Carolina Parents, Teachers Seek Testing Moratorium
http://www.mecklenburgacts.org/2013/09/stop-high-stakes-msl-tests-now/

Failed Tennessee Testing Model Perpetuates Educational Injustice
http://truth-out.org/news/item/18476-state-failures-national-models-and-...

The Flaws of Politicians' School Grading Schemes
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/56819173-82/schools-students-gradin...

Huge Disconnect Between Public and Policymakers on Education
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6527

Five Bad Education Assumptions the Media Keeps Recycling
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/08/29/five-bad-...