Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 4 - 10, 2013

The pace of assessment reform activism continues to accelerate, even as we enter the year-end-holiday season.  Note the geographic and ideological breadth reflected in the stories -- this is truly a growing national movement that cuts across conventional political lines

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School Testing, Funding Top Issues for National Day of Action to Reclaim Public Education
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Testing-funding-top-protest-issues-5049797.php

LULAC Supports Day of Action Demands for Assessment Reform
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/12/prweb11406609.htm

Day of Action Unites Teachers and Students in Protests
http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=12151

What You Need to Know About International Test Scores
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-ravitch/international-test-scores_b_4379533.html

FairTest: Stagnant PISA Scores Show Failure of Test-Driven U.S. Education Policies
http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2013_12_05/What-a-surprise-US-school-performance-even-further-behind-other-countries-0793/

John Kuhn on Our Kids: Coddle or Confident; What PISA Says
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/12/john_kuhn_our_kids_--_coddled_.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3

Florida Teacher Evaluation System Too Flawed To Use
http://www.bradenton.com/2013/12/05/4868943/florida-public-school-teacher.html

Mass. State Senator Shows Constituents Connection Between Poverty and Test Scores -- a model for elected officials
http://senatorpatjehlen.createsend4.com/t/ViewEmail/r/92A363749FB9F1202540EF23F30FEDED/623AE2852BD12757F99AA49ED5AF8B9E

Michigan School Grading Scheme Reflects Political Agenda
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131206/SCHOOLS/312060025/Critics-rip-school-grading-bill

Virginia School Districts Push to Overhaul State Testing Requirements That Damage Education
http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/article_2f820c94-60cc-11e3-aa1b-0019bb30f31a.html

West Virginia House Speaker Questions Test-Driven Education
http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201312090116

Alaska Graduation Test Loses Support; Faces Legislative Repeal
http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20131207/alaska-high-school-exit-exam-faces-legislative-test-repeal-chorus-grows

NYC Teachers Talk Testing
http://www.wnyc.org/story/brooklyn-teachers-decry-high-stakes-attached-tests/

City Hall Rally Calls for Assessment Overhaul
http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/education-reform-rally-held-at-city-hall-for-standardized-testing-changes-1.6570990

Another Long Island School Board Drafts Resolution Against Testing Overkill
http://kingspark.patch.com/groups/schools/p/kings-park-board-of-ed-looks-to-take-stand-on-highstakes-testing

Sign the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing or Use it as a Model for Your Local Campaign
http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/

Overtesting Undermines Teaching and Learning
http://www.abqjournal.com/313890/opinion/overtesting-takes-focus-away-from-curriculum.html

Educators Protest "Teach to the Test" Common Core Standards
http://news.gnom.es/news/teachers-complain-common-core-linked-lessons-little-more-than-scripts-to-read

See FairTest Common Core Testing Fact Sheet
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Standardized Testing at a Crossroads
http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/standardized-testing-reaches-crossroads-test-more-or-test-better-b99157326z1-234909841.html

New Film Takes Standardized Testing to Task
http://readingeagle.com/article/20131205/WEEKEND/312059987#.UqEMeLT3O4E

Documentary Show How Test-Driven "Reform" Hurts Creativity
http://www.jconline.com/article/20131209/NEWS0401/312090028/Schools-documentary-set-Thursday-premiere

DePaul's Test-Optional Policy Yields Positive Results
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20131210/lincoln-park/depauls-test-optional-admissions-yield-positive-results-officials-say