Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016

Happy 2016 !  Across the U.S., the grassroots testing reform movement is gearing up to win more victories in the coming year. Look for larger, broader opt-out campaigns focusing more pressure on state and local policy-makers to roll back standardized exam overkill and enable better forms of assessment.

National Six Reasons Students Could Face Less Standardized Testing This Year
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/12/29/6-reasons-your-kid-could-have...
National New K-12 Law Adds to Policy Change Buzz as State Legislatures Convene
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/01/06/new-k-12-law-adds-to-buzz-a...
National New Year's Toast to Resignation of "Testocracy Tsar" Arne Duncan
http://www.progressive.org/news/2016/01/188484/arne-duncan-testocracy-ts...
National Meet the New Federal Ed. Boss, Much the Same as the Old Boss
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/01/02/why-the-n...

Alabama Teachers Deserve Better Evaluation Than Just Test Scores
http://www.oanow.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-teachers-deserve-better...

California New Year Brings Focus on Technical Problems With Standardized Tests
http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/12/29/56557/new-year-brings-a-focus-on-tec...

Colorado Test Opt Outs Were a Top Story of 2015
http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/no-8-story-of-2015-students-opt-...

Connecticut Superintendents Criticize State Funding Threat for Districts With Low Test Participation
http://www.myrecordjournal.com/southington/southingtonnews/8228358-129/l...

Delaware Test Critics Gear Up to Override Governor's Opt-Out Veto
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2016/01/04/opt-out-ve...

Florida Ending NCLB Is Not Enough, State Must End Its Own Test Misuse and Overuse
http://www.tcpalm.com/opinion/editorials/another-view-dont-celebrate-end...

Georgia Teacher "Merit Pay" Could Go Down in Flames
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/merit-pay-could-go-down-i...

Indiana State Super Endorses "Hold Harmless" Plan for School Grades
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/ritz-endorses-gop-s...

Missouri Superintendent Makes School Turnaround Progress by Focusing on Poverty Above All Else
http://www.ktoo.org/2016/01/03/superintendent-turned-around-school-distr...

New Jersey Testing Will Again Be a Major Legislative Issue
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/01/03/looking-ahead-unresolved-mat...

New Mexico What''s the Grade for Standardized Testing
http://www.taosnews.com/news/article_fba8adce-af48-11e5-b696-ef88dc8995e...
New Mexico The Making of an Opt-Out Leader
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/lcps/2016/01/03/movers-sh...

New York Opting Out and Voting Them Out
https://www.facebook.com/alan.c.schwartz.3/videos/10153795400742889/?fre...
After Test Score Moratorium, School Districts Retool Teacher Evaluation
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/12/8586519/after-test-...
New York Opt-Out Leader Named Local "Person of the Year"
http://liherald.com/stories/Jeanette-Deutermann-Mother-activist-educatio...

Oklahoma Area Schools Applaud Reduced Federal Role in Testing
http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20160103/NEWS/151229750

Tennessee Value-Added Testing Adds No Value to Public Schools
http://www.knoxnews.com/opinion/columnists/tillie-elvrum-value-added-tes...

Texas New Opt-Out Form for Houston Public School Parents
http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2016/01/04/132253/want-t...

West Virginia Pressure Forces Testing Task Force Meetings Open to the Public
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20160104/in-reversal-wv-superintendent...

"The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing -- But You Don't Have to Be" now out in paperback
http://smile.amazon.com/Test-Schools-Obsessed-Standardized-Testing-But/d...

How Tests Should and Should Not Be Used
https://www.facebook.com/647356845410265/photos/a.652051711607445.107374...

Stop All the Testing in Math and Set Free a New Generation of American Mathematicians
http://hechingerreport.org/save-american-mathematics-and-set-students-free/