Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 25 - 31, 2013

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Arizona Educators Move to Postpone Test-Based School Grades and Student Retention
http://www.azcentral.com/news/arizona/articles/20131224arizona-educators-move-postpone-school-letter-grades.html

Virginia School Board Believes Students Take Too Many Tests
http://www.dailyprogress.com/orangenews/news/taking-too-many-tests/article_b37e7854-6cd7-11e3-bca9-0019bb30f31a.html

Jeb Bush's School Grading Scam Continues to Confuse Florida Parents
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/28/3840184/school-grade-divide-leaves-florida.html#

Ohio Exam-Based Grade Promotion Plan is Unrealistic - We Can't Test Our Way to Success
http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2013/12/third_grade_reading_guarantee.html#incart_river

Conn. Governor Wastes Tax Dollars to Mislead Parents About Common Core Testing
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Tax-dollars-spent-to-mislead-parents-5096886.php

DC Teacher Evaluation Errors are "Major Glitch"
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/small-typo-casts-big-doubt-on-teacher-evaluations-education-101517.html#ixzz2oZtQmq7u

Oklahoma One-Size-Fits-All Testing for Learning Disabled Gets Failing Grade
http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/opinion/x1186899298/Testing-change-gets-failing-grade

Faith-Based Education "Reform"
http://truth-out.org/speakout/item/20904-faith-based-education-reform-common-core-as-standards-and-testing-redux

Common Core Testing Problems Seem Inevitable
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/common-core-testing-problems-seem-inevitable-101568.html?hp=l1

See FairTest Fact Sheet for Why a Common Core Exam Moratorium is Necessary
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Testing Companies See Cash Cow in Revised GED Exam
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/12/testing-companies-see-cash-cow-in-revamped-ged-101602.html

School Testing Policies Must Be Examined -- NPR Interview with Linda Darling-Hammond
http://www.npr.org/2013/12/26/257255808/future-series-examining-education

Duncan Pours More Taxpayer Money into Test-Based School Improvement Grants
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/30/ed-dept-pours-43-million-into-reform-program-with-questionable-results/

The Truth About Shanghai Schools: They Are Terrible
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/28/shanghai-china-schools-terrible-not-ideal?CMP=twt_gu