Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 3 - 9, 2014

FairTest provides these weekly summaries of news clips and other resources as a tool to build the national assessment reform movement. We encourage parents, educators, students, administrators, community organizers, researchers and other allies to draw on the positive initiatives described in these links as models for their own local campaigns.

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Some States Rush to Tie Common Core Tests to Graduation
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2014/12/04/three-states-rush...

California Rethinks How to Report Test Scores
http://edsource.org/2014/state-rethinks-how-to-report-test-scores/70649#...

Colorado Legislators Express Bipartisan Skepticism About Testing at Pre-Session Hearing
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/12/03/testing-standards-skepticism-surface-...

Connecticut Working to De-emphasize Testing in School Accountability
http://www.courant.com/education/hc-school-accountability-1204-20141207-...

Florida School Boards Association Takes a Stand Against Over Testing
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/florida-school-boards-take-a-...
Text of Florida School Boards Resolution
http://www.tampabay.com/resources/documents/2014/12/FSBA_resolution.pdf

Opposition Grows to Illinois' Use of PARCC Common Core Test
http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-set-test-common-core-standards

Louisiana Political Struggle Over PARRC Testing Continues
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/parcc-is-down-to-dc-plu...

How Massachusetts Teachers Defeated a Test-Based Evaluation Plan
https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/11/no-more-backroom-deals/

New Jersey Parents, Teachers Talk About Opting Out of PARCC Test
http://unionnewsdaily.com/news/county/15753
Mom Dares New Jersey Gov. Christie to Defend Common Core Exam After Taking It
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/08/mom-to-co...

Judging New York's Education Chancellor By Her Own "Standards"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/08/if-teache...

Ohio's Harmful Obsession with School Testing
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2014/12/05/1-obsessio...

PTA in Oklahoma Calls for End to High-Stakes Testing
http://www.news9.com/story/27530693/oklahoma-pta-calls-for-end-to-high-s...
Oklahoma PTA Resolutions on Testing
http://www.okpta.org/advocacy/2014-convention-resolutions/

Dallas, Texas, School Board Responds to Parents Call for Less Focus on Testing
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20141203-3-dallas-isd...

What Might a Republican Rewrite of "No Child Left Behind" Look Like?
http://blogs.edweek.org/campaign-k-12/2014/12/what_might_a_republican_no...

Duncan's Hammer: Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/road-trips-in-education/2014/12/duncans...

National Secondary School Principals Group Criticizes Value-Added Measurement
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2014/12/principals_group_late...

First Step to Close Test Score Gap: Reduce Poverty and Segregation
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/12/06/first-step-shou...

To Fix School Problems: Listen to Experienced Education Experts
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/columnists/to-fix-problems-in-schools...

Standardized Testing a False Solution to Attacking Educational Racism
http://www.alternet.org/books/people-who-have-experienced-racism-schools...

Beware of Another Standardized Test: This One on Civics
http://contextflorida.com/martin-dcykman-watch-yet-another-standardized-...

Corruption and Cheating Increase with Imposition of School "Accountability" Schemes Says Finnish Expert
https://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2014/12/04/corruption-and-cheating-increas...

The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing -- forthcoming book available for pre-order now
http://www.anyakamenetz.net/#buy