Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 17 - 23, 2014

Happy Holidays to assessment reformers around the nation from everyone at FairTest, and best wishes for a New Year filled with victories rolling back test misuse and overuse.

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Delaware Selective School Entrance Exams Under Fire
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/76322-delaware-school-entr...

Florida State Government Will Investigate School Testing Concerns
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/state-says-it-will-investigat...

Atlanta, Georgia Test Cheating Trial May Last Until Spring
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/12/atlanta_trial_we...

Maryland Teachers Call for Suspension of Kindergarten Readiness Test
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/12/maryland_teachers_unio...

New Jersey Teens' Testimony Leads Board to Evaluate Testing Requirement
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2014/12/voorhees_s...
Parents Cheer 10-Year-Old Student's Dissection of New Jersey Common Core Test
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/16/i-dont-want-to-deal-with-this...
12 Reasons Why New Jersey Activists Oppose PARCC Testing
https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSchoolsNJ/posts/882113598488468

New Mexico Legislation Would Limit Testing Days
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3656903.shtml

New York Advocates Blast Gov. Cuomo's Teacher Testing Scheme
http://poststar.com/blogs/a_time_to_learn/cuomo-poses-teacher-changes-ad...

Over-Testing Tea Party for North Dakota Students
http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion-letters/3637256-letter-tea-party...

Purpose of Texas Schools Should Not Be Generating More Testing Data
http://www.cagle.com/2014/12/point-of-schools-isnt-more-testing/

Utah Grades the Wrong Things in Education
http://www.standard.net/Guest-Commentary/2014/12/20/Grading-the-wrong-th...
Teacher Defense Association Seeks Reinstatement of Educator Fired for Refusing to Administer Tests
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Utah-Teacher-Defense-Association/73348587...

Common Core Tests Steal Joy Out of Reading
http://www.alternet.org/how-newest-high-stakes-tests-are-stealing-joy-re...

More States Drop Out of PARCC Testing Consortium
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/parcc-attrition-from-20...

Arne Duncan's World of Denial
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/arne-duncans-denial_b_6336960...

Duncan and Other "Reformers" Should Apologize
http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2014/12/t...

Teachers Cal for 360-Degree Accountability
http://www.livingindialogue.com/teacher-team-offers-new-vision-responsib...

One Public School Teacher's Open Letter to America
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-open-letter-to-america-from-a-publ...

Pushing Back Against High-Stakes for Students with Disabilities
http://www.aft.org/ae/winter2014-2015/tanis

Bad Assed Teachers Push Sec. Duncan on Test Misuse for Students with Disabilities
http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-badass-teachers-associati...

Pearson and the Assessment Problem
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-cobb/pearson-and-the-assessmen_b_634...