Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 11 - 17, 2015

The "spin" on today's first story may be a bit ahead of the curve. But the testing resistance and reform movement is making significant progress, as this week's clips from half of the nation's 50 states clearly demonstrate. To win even more tangible victories, we have to ratchet up the pressure on policymakers at the federal, state and local levels to significantly reduce testing overuse and end high-stakes standardized exams.

Boycotters Might Be Winning Battle Over Standardized Testing
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/02/13/boycotters-might-be-winning-b...

No Child Left Behind Has Failed
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-child-has-failed/2015/02/13/8d...

Scholarly Support for Assessment Reform
http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/12/anti-testing-backlash-gets-sch...
500+ Researchers Sign Letter to Congress: Stop Test-Driven "Reforms"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/14/more-than...

Send a Message to Congress Today -- Real NCLB Reform = Less Testing + No High-Stakes
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

San Diego California School Board Unanimously Supports End of Annual Federal Testing Mandate
https://www.facebook.com/kevin.beiser/posts/897973930223140
Test Scoring of Schools Being Dismantled in California
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/dan-walters/article103767...

Colorado Teachers Protest New Standardized Testing
http://www.krdo.com/news/teachers-in-pueblo-protest-new-standardized-tes...

Parents Should Refuse Connecticut's Smarter Balanced Exams
http://www.mycitizensnews.com/news/2015/02/letter-parents-should-refuse-...

Florida Educators and Parents Demonstrate Against Toxic Testing
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2015/02/10/talc-testing-r...
More Florida Families Seek Test Opt Outs
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/growing-number-of-parents-are...

Georgia House Approves Bill to Retroactively Cancel Graduation Test Diploma Requirement
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/house-approves...

Hawaiian Teachers Story: My Two Kids
http://www.staradvertiser.com/editorials/20150215_My_Two_Kids_xyxyxy.htm...

Illinois Superintendent Questions Value of New State Assessment
http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150213/NEWS/150219684/1994/NEWScr

Indiana Testing Turmoil Likely to Boost Opt Out Movement
http://www.newsandtribune.com/news/testing-turmoil-likely-to-increase-op...
New Computerized Assessments Freeze Up During Indiana Stress Test
http://www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2015/02/12/istep-freezing-p...

Massive Testing Opt Out Looms Over Louisiana Schools
https://www.cabinetreport.com/politics-education/threat-of-mass-testing-...
Don't Rely on Test Scores to Evaluate Louisiana Teachers
http://www.hammondstar.com/opinion/editorial-don-t-rely-on-test-scores-t...

Maryland Testing is Killing the Joy of Learning and Teaching
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/testing-is-killing-the-joy-of-learnin...

High Stakes Testing Narrows Michigan Education
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2015/02/11/letter-high-stakes-t...

Mississippi House Votes to Eliminate Graduation Testing Requirement
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/education/2015/02/12/gradu...

New Hampshire Takes Aim at Testing Overkill
http://www.rollcall.com/news/one_state_takes_aim_at_plethora_of_public_s...

New Jersey Parents Revolt Against New PARCC Test
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2015/02/12/parents-revol...
New Jersey Voters Want More School Accountability With Less Testing
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/02/more_school_accountabilty_but_not_mo...

More Than 300 Albuquerque Students Opt Out of New Mexico State Test . . . So Far
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3703482.shtml?cat=516#.VNtWFOFLUZw
New Mexico Teachers Challenge "Error-Ridden" Test-Based Evaluation System
http://www.abqjournal.com/541450/news/new-lawsuit-filed-to-stop-teacher-...

New York Education "Reforms" Miss Mark
http://www.fltimes.com/opinion/article_20cdaf74-b138-11e4-b077-a3b8d4bf5...
Tally of 60,000+ New York Opt Outs in 2014 is Accurate
http://www.politifact.com/rhode-island/statements/2015/feb/15/sheila-res...

North Carolina State Task Force Recommends Testing Overhaul
http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/13/4554048_state-committee-to-recomm...
North Carolina School Grades Spark Criticism
http://www.journalnow.com/journal_west/news/schools-grades-spark-critici...

Growing Numbers of Ohio Families Opt Out of Common Core Tests
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/02/growing_number_of_paren...

Activists Urge Parents to Opt Out of Oregon's New Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/02/portland_activists...
Oregon Testing Debate Moves From Schools to Capitol
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/250093-119073-testing-debate-moves-...

Opt Out Numbers Soar in Pennsylvania
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150215_Parents__teachers_opting...
The Limits of Standardized Testing in Pennsylvania Schools
http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/the-limits-of-standardized...

High-Stakes Testing Decimates Classroom Teaching in Rhode Island
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150217/OPINION/150219379/2011

Texas Testing Is Like Using a Bathroom Scale to Measure Height
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/10/1363281/-Standardized-tests-in-...
Texas Refuses Fed's Demand for Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
https://www.texastribune.org/2015/02/11/texas-feds-still-locking-horns-n...

Utah May Cancel Test After First Year
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622027/Should-Utah-bid-an-early-fa...

Tacoma, Washington Parents Take Case Against High-Stakes Testing to School Board
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/13/3637106_opponents-of-standardiz...
Washington State Teachers Rally Against "Toxic Testing"
http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/olympia/2015/02/16/toxic-testing-r...

West Virginia School Board Supports Testing Reduction, Postponing Consequences
http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150212/GZ01/150219706

Wisconsin State Testing is a Mess
http://journaltimes.com/news/local/journal-times-editorial-state-testing...

How to Tell Parents That They are "Wrong" About Testing
http://edushyster.com/?p=6388

Uncle Sam is Not Good at Providing "Cover" for School "Reform"
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/education/232734-uncle-sam-isnt-go...

Bad Apples: Pearson's Stranglehold on American Education
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/10/bad-apples-one-companys-stra...

Malcolm X and the Problem of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yohuru-williams/by-any-dreams-necessary-m_...