Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015

Happy New Year from FairTest !

After the major, initial successes of 2014 (see http://fairtest.org/new-fairtest-report-testing-reform-victories-first for details), all signs point to 2015 being a breakthrough year for the assessment reform movement.

Please continue to send us your stories to share nationally.

2014: Greatest Year of Revolt Against High Stakes Testing . . . And a Prelude to 2015
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/31/2014-greatest-year-revolt-a...

Arkansas Families May Boycott Common Core Tests
http://swtimes.com/news/state-news/arkansas-schools-may-see-boycott-test...

Colorado Activists Launch Testing Reform Billboard Campaign
http://www.thecbe.org/support.html

Florida District Seeks to Reduce Testing Stress
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-testing-concerns-or...
Testing is Florida's Dominant Education Issue
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/floridas-testing-debate-holds-sw...

Topeka Kansas School Board Cuts Back Locally Mandated Tests
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-01-04/usd-501-trims-back-testing

Maine Schools Should Not Be Rated on Test Scores
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/03/maine-voices-schools-should-be-rat...

New Michigan Test Will Disrupt Student Learning
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/01/michigan_high_school...

New Jersey District Debates "Educationally Appropriate" Response to Test Opt Outs
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/to-take-or-not-to-take-parents...

New York Parents Blast Gov. Cuomo's Reactionary Education Agenda
http://www.nysape.org/press-release---response-to-governors-letter-on-pu...
New York Group Critiques Federal VAM Teacher Evaluation Model
https://changethestakes.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/usdoes-proposed-regs-fo...

Utah School Grades Reflect Community Demographics, Family Income
http://www.sltrib.com/news/1971174-155/utahs-school-grades-show-link-bet...

Virginia is Ready to Change High-Stakes Testing
http://www.dailyprogress.com/opinion/opinion-editorial-va-ready-for-educ...

It's Time to Overhaul "No Child Left Behind"
http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/It-s-time-to-overhaul-No-Child...

The Republican Plot to Replace "No Child Left Behind"
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/the-plot-to-overhaul-no-child-left...

What Schools Could Use Instead of Standardized Tests
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/06/371659141/what-schools-could-use-...
New Book Released Today: "The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing" by Anya Kamenetz
http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Test.html?id=r8m_oAEACAAJ

Pearson's Path to Testing Profits
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/01/01/step-one-make-edu...

Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/magazine/inside-a-chinese-test-prep-fa...

Arne Duncan's "Substance Abuse" Problem: Tests Are the Drug
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/K-12_Contrarian/2015/01/tests_are_the_dru...

Trouble Grading Teachers With Test Scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trouble-grading-teachers-w...

United Opt-Out National Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Jan 16 - 18, 2015
https://www.facebook.com/events/1507022726224662/