Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 8 - 14, 2013

Many of this week's top stories involve the controversial Common Core tests, both the fallout from their initial administration in New York and support for the growing national movement seeking a moratorium on their use. Meanwhile, protests against high-stakes exams by students, parents, and educators continue to escalate as more evidence becomes available that test-based "accountability" is an ideologically driven fraud, which improves neither school quality nor equity.

NY Scores Sink Under New Common Core Tests
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/08/nyregion/under-new-standards-students-...

School Super Calls State Exams An "Abomination"
http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/222495/13/Buffalo-Area-School-Super-Cal...

Punishing Kids for Adult Failures
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/punishing-kids-adult-failures-article...

Officials Say "Don't Worry About Your Test Scores" . . . . Right
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/08/dont_worry_...

NY Test Results: Predictable but Largely Meaningless
http://eyeoned.org/content/the-envelope-please_501/
 
"Failure" is the Norm on New State Tests
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/opinion/new-state-tests-failure-is-the...

Racial Gap Widens on New State Tests
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/achievement-gap-widens-cit...

Yong Zhao: Common Core Pushes Schools in Wrong Direction
http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/2013/08/13/viewpoint-common-core-pushes-...

Common Core Tests Are Not Good for Children and Other Living Things
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/08/common_core_...

"Winning" the Common Core
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teacher_in_a_strange_land/2013/08/winni...

Square Peg: Round Hole -- Political Cartoon
http://www.cagle.com/2013/08/common-core/

Debunking the "Accountability" Scam: From School Grades to Common Core
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/08/from_school_...

There are Better Ways to Assess Learning Than Standardized Tests: FairTest Letter in the Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/there-are-better-ways-to-assess-s...

In Testing, an Experienced Principal Leans on Experience
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/booming/in-testing-a-principal-leans-o...

Student Sit-in Protests Grad Test Requirement
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20130814-students...

Jeb Bush's Education Legacy Loses Luster
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/jeb-bush-education-2016-95401.html

Indiana Confirms School Grade Manipulation: Launches Broader Investigation
http://www.jconline.com/viewart/20130807/NEWS0401/308070039/School-ratin...

Bennett's Rigged School Ratings Just Par for the "Accountability" Course
http://www.otlcampaign.org/blog/2013/08/01/bennetts-rigged-school-rating...

St. Paul Teachers Union Seeks Testing Reduction
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/09/education/teache...

Pearson Miscalculates Scorecards for More than 4,000 Virginia Students
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/pearson-miscalculates-scor...

Impact of Problems with Standardized Tests Studied in Oklahoma
http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Impact_of_problems_with_standardi...