Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 11 - 17, 2013

The drumbeat of assessment reform stories shows no let up as parents, students, educators and researchers increase the pressure on policy makers to abandon failed test-and-punish policies.

National Day of Action Wrap Up
http://www.otlcampaign.org/blog/2013/12/10/thank-you-great-day-action

Day of Action Reveals Widespread Anger About Testing, Related Policies
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/day-of-action-reveals-widespread-anger-with-current-education-policies/

The Children Left Behind by High-Stakes Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/children-left-behind

PISA Scores Demonstrate Failure of "Market-Driven Reform"
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/08/pisa-education-test-scores-meaning

NYC Council Passes Resolution Calling for Replacing High-Stakes Tests with Performance Assessments
http://pureparents.org/?p=21055
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/12/_the_new_york_city.html

New York City Principals Urge New Mayor to Overhaul Educator Evaluation Policy
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/nyc-school-principals-boo-bloomberg-overhauls-article-1.1548867

Parent's Heartbreaking Testimony Before New York State Ed Commissioner
http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-most-heartbreaking-speech-at-last.html

Proposed Testing "Reform" Bill Does Not Go Far Enough
http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2013/12/nysape-flanagans-proposed-legislation.html

Idaho Schools Oppose Long, Expensive Common Core Test
http://www.idahoednews.org/news/districts-state-spar-over-common-core-test/

Houston Parents, Teachers Rally Against High-Stakes Testing
http://app1.kuhf.org/articles/1386612355-Houston-Parents,-Teachers-Rally-Against-High-Stakes-Testing.html

More Connecticut Parents Want Their Kids to Skip Standardized Tests
http://www.ctmirror.org/political-mirror/2013/12/11/more-parents-want-their-children-skip-ct-standardized-tests

New Mexico Proposal Would Protect Students Who Opt Out
http://www.abqjournal.com/319243/news/proposal-would-protect-students-who-opt-out.html

North Carolina Teen: Why Standardized Testing Needs To Go
http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20131212/Teen/312129989/-1/living02?Title=Why-standardized-testing-needs-to-go

Florida Legislature Urged to Delay Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20131211/NEWS01/312110021/Lawmakers-urged-delay-teacher-evaluations?nclick_check=1

New School Standards Tough for English-Language Learners
http://touch.sun-sentinel.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-78544362/

Thousands of Ohio Third Graders Face Test-Based Retention
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/12/12/thousands-of-local-kids-risk-failing-third-grade.html

Parents Say They Don't Need Annual Test Scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/parents-say-they-dont-need-state-test-results/2013/12/10/6a48976a-5c8c-11e3-be07-006c776266ed_story.html

"Value-Added" Teacher Evaluation is a Pseudo-Science
http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20131215/OPINION/312150002/Letter-Teacher-evaluations-pseudo-science-

Public Schools Outperform Private Schools
http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/12/15/public-schools-beat-private-schools/hWLzdKv1x7wwupcjk5zonI/story.html

Pearson "Non-Profit" Fined $7.7 Million for Promoting Test Publisher's Products
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/nyregion/educational-publishers-charity-accused-of-seeking-profits-will-pay-millions.html

Finnish Researcher Shares Secrets to Nation's Education Success
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20131210-finnish-education-expert-critiques-u.s.-school-philosophy-at-uri-lecture.ece

High Standardized Test Scores Do Not Produce Similar Gains in Important Cognitive Abilities
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20131212/High-test-scores-do-not-produce-similar-gains-in-cognitive-abilities.aspx