Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 5 - 11, 2015

As K-12 classrooms across the country ready to reopen, scores from last year's tests are starting to be released.  And, with Congress on summer recess, education committee staffers are working behind the scenes on reconciling provisions of the NCLB-overhaul bills passed by the House and Senate.  This is a great time to make your views about the need for assessment reform known to both state and federal policy makers.

If you need additional ammunition, remember that back issues of these weekly updates are archived at: http://www.fairtest.org/news/other

National Tell Congress to Keep NCLB "Accountability" Mandates Out of New Federal Education Law
http://www.fairtest.org/tell-congress-keep-federal-accountability-mandates
National In New Poll Americans Say Students Over-Tested; Want Fewer Federal Mandates
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/no-child-left-behind-overhaul_55c254...

California Some High Schools Experiment With Performance Assessments: Portfolios and Presentations
http://hechingerreport.org/should-high-school-students-have-to-defend-th...

Connecticut State Replaces High School Smarter Balanced Test with SAT
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-sat-to-replace-sebac-20150806...
Connecticut Teachers Call for Overhaul of State Testing
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Teachers-call-for-SBAC-re-write-64297...

Florida New Ohio Test Vendor Promises to Avoid Computer Glitches it Encountered in Sunshine State Exams
http://wdtn.com/2015/08/03/air-to-do-everything-possible-to-avoid-state-...
Florida County School Board Reduces District-Mandated Testing By 50%
http://staugustine.com/news/school-news/2015-08-04/st-johns-county-schoo...

Georgia Students Will See Fewer State Exams This Year
http://www.oconeeenterprise.com/news/article_baa8e826-37a1-11e5-82a2-231...
Georgia Parents Want Deeper Cuts in School Testing
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/111322/

Indiana New Computer Testing Problems Will Delay Score Reporting for Months
http://wthitv.com/2015/08/06/theres-less-validity-and-usefulness-istep-s...
Indiana Teachers Say Students Are Tested to Death
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/teachers-tested-by-state-require...

Missouri Educators Fear That Scores From New Test Will be Misinterpreted
http://www.kmbc.com/news/educators-worry-new-map-test-scores-may-be-misi...

Nebraska Poverty is the Root of Educational Woes
http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/another_opinion/poverty-is-root-of...

Nevada Shifts Testing Contractors After Computerized Exam Foul-ups
http://knpr.org/knpr/2015-08/new-service-hired-oversee-nevadas-common-co...

New Jersey Freezes Impact of Student Test Scores on Teacher Job Evaluation at 10%
http://www.northjersey.com/news/n-j-freezes-impact-of-student-testing-on...

New York Test Scores Will Reflect Impact of Opt-Out Movement
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/test-scores-also-measure-effects-...
Veteran Teacher Goes to Court in Challenge to Test-Based Evaluation Scheme
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/education/veteran-teacher-suing-n...

Ohio State School Administrators Head Says "Testing in American Education is On Steroids"
http://www.richlandsource.com/education/ash-says-testing-in-america-is-o...

Oklahoma Tulsa School Board Listens to Teachers and Parents in Rolling Back Testing Barrage
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorials/tulsa-world-editorial-tulsa...

Pennsylvania Test Opt Outs Tripled in 2015
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/pa-standardized-test-opt-outs-trip...
Pennsylvania New State Super Says Accountability Needs to Be More Holistic
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150811_Pa__secretary_of_educati...

Tennessee Local School Board Angered by Classroom Time Devoted to State Testing
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/aug/07/school-board-...
Tennessee More State-Mandated Testing Problems
http://www.chattanoogan.com/2015/8/7/305746/State-Mandated-Testing-Probl...

Virginia SOL Test Scores Don't Tell the Whole Academic Performance Story
http://hamptonroads.com/2015/08/sol-scores-reveal-testing-performance-do...

Washington High-Stakes Testing Efforts Hampered by Opt-Out Movement
http://kuow.org/post/high-stakes-testing-efforts-hampered-opt-out-movement

Why Black Parents Should Opt Their Kids Out of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.blackagendareport.com/blacks_opt_out_high_stakes_testing

Taking on the Testocracy
http://socialistworker.org/2015/08/11/taking-on-the-testocracy

Arts Are One More Victim of Common Core Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2015/08/the_arts_one_m...

Study of Brain Scans Shows Impact of Poverty on Academic Performance
http://edsource.org/2015/study-of-brain-scans-shows-impact-of-poverty-on...

Want to Know How a Student is Doing? Ask a Teacher
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Wendy-Lecker-Want-to-know-h...