Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 6 - 12, 2014

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates as back-to-school season begins. Note the geographic breadth of the rapidly growing high-stakes testing resistance with stories from 17 states and the District of Columbia just this week. There are also several very good commentaries.

Remaking Accountability in California: Moving Beyond Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/08/remaking_accountabi...

The Failure of Washington, DC Test-Driven "Reform"
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-weiss/dc-public-schools-education-r...

Florida Education Officials Continue Testing Misuse
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/commentary-florida-educat...

Atlanta, Georgia, School Test Cheating Trial Gets Underway: Understanding the Context
http://atlantaforward.blog.ajc.com/2014/08/10/aps-cheating-trial-begins/
http://news.yahoo.com/12-atlanta-educators-face-trial-widespread-cheatin...

Indiana Accepts $3Million in CTB/McGraw-Hill Test Foul-Up Settlement
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/indiana-agrees-3m-settlement-sc...

Louisiana Governor Seeks Injunction to Block Use of Common Core Assessments
http://www.nola.com/education/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/08/bobby_jindal...

New Jersey Board of Ed Reduces Role of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation
http://www.nj.com/education/2014/08/nj_state_board_of_education_changes_...

New Mexico Teachers Seek Common Core Exam Delay; Development of Better Assessments
http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-9035-tank-the-tests.html

Parent, Educator Pressure Forces Release of Half of New York State Test Questions
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/education/2014/08/06/test-result...
On School Exam Transparency, New York Fails Test
http://www.citylimits.org/conversations/265/testing-and-transparency
New York Teachers Demonstrate Against Pearson Testing Contract
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Teachers-use-Occupy-tactics-to-s...

Time to Ditch North Carolina's School Grading Gimmickry
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/11/5100568/dont-just-delay-ditc...

Ohio Educators Protest "Toxic" Standardized Exams
http://www.stowsentry.com/latest%20headlines/2014/08/05/teachers-union-p...

Oklahoma Attorney General Investigates CTB/McGraw-Hill Standardized Exam Administration Problems
http://www.theadanews.com/statenews/x197382992/Okla-AG-opens-inquiry-int...

Rhode Island Student Advocates Affirm Value of Grad Test Moratorium
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20140806-ri-groups-affir...

Nashville, Tennessee Eliminates District-Mandated Standardized Exam
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2014/08/11/metro-schools-...

Statewide Texas Candidates Seek Testing Reduction
http://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/story-your-local-election-hq/d/story...
Good Luck Explaining the Current Texas Public School Accountability Rating System
http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/explaining-the-texas-public-...

Vermont Ed. Commissioner Dissects "No Child Left Behind" Flaws in Letter to Parents of "Failing" Schools
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/08/07/rebecca-holcombe-a-hero-of-american-e...

Virginia Testing is Leaving Too Many Students Behind
http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20140808/OPINION/140809320/1065&temp...
Local Activist and Students Organize to Overhaul Virginia SOL Tests
http://theroanokestar.com/2014/08/12/sols-in-the-crosshairs-for-local-ac...

"No Child Left Behind" Fails to Help Washington State Students
http://myedmondsnews.com/2014/08/commentary-child-left-behind-act-federa...

New NEA Leader: Revolt, Ignore Stupid Reforms
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/11/new-nea-l...

Testing is a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable
http://www.gazettextra.com/20140811/jason_stanford_testing_is_a_lousy_wa...

Standardized Exams Take Away Valuable Classroom Learning Time
http://www.abqjournal.com/443122/riowest/standardized-testing-takes-away...

School Testing May Be Driving Parents Away From Engagement with Their Children's Schools
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/08/07/is-school-...

How to Fix Test-Driven Kindergartens
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/07/ten-ways-...

Video Games as a New Form of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/07/337129961/tests-that-look-like-vi...

The Sordid History of Standardized Tests: Sorting and Ranking
http://www.livingindialogue.com/ranking-sorting-real-purpose-standards-t...