Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 12 - 18, 2014

As the spring testing season draws near, resistance and reform campaigns are becoming increasingly active.  This week's stories cover the nation from Alaska to Florida and Rhode Island to Utah. The success of test-optional undergraduate admissions raises fundamental questions about why so many standardized exams are required in K-12 education.

College Applicants Sweat the SATs: Perhaps They Shouldn't -- New Study Shows Test-Optional Admissions Works Well
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/18/277059528/college-applicants-sweat-the-sats-perhaps-they-shouldn-t

Major Fight is Brewing Over New Common Core Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/a-fight-is-brewing-over-tests-in-the-common-core-age/2014/02/12/e9eb5ad0-932c-11e3-84e1-27626c5ef5fb_story.html

New York Parents Say Common Core Test Adjustments Don't Go Far Enough
http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/02/16/common-core-adjustments-do-not-go-far-enough-say-opponents/

Local Teachers Association Call on New York Union Leaders to Endorse Boycott of State Tests
https://www.facebook.com/steve.shrey/posts/10201437024192721

Virginia House Joins State Senate in Endorsing Reduction in Testing, Delay in Test-Based School Grades
http://hamptonroads.com/2014/02/va-house-approves-reducing-sol-tests-other-reforms

Connecticut School Superintendent Dissects Why Test-Driven School "Reform" Failed
http://www.alternet.org/education/connecticut-superintendent-rails-against-failed-school-reforms?akid=11492.32230.LEzQVy&rd=1&src=newsletter957170&t=4

Chicago Teachers, Parents Call for Fewer Standardized Tests
http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2410213_chicago-teachers-parents-call-for-fewer-standardized-tests.html

Florida Parents, Teachers Challenge School Exam Overload
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-too-much-school-testing-20140212,0,2162838.story?page=1

Florida PTA Endorses "Pause" in State's Testing Fixation
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Florida-PTA-Press-Announcement.html?soid=1104540460460&aid=Emve9Q7ek54

Alaska High School Students Travel 900 Miles to Lobby Against Exit Exam
http://www.capitalcityweekly.com/stories/021214/new_1193493365.shtml

Too Much Testing in Rhode Island Schools -- A Model Letter to the Editor
http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/content/20140214-william-j.-oehlkers-too-much-testing-in-r.i.-schools.ece

Utah Teachers Push Back at District-Mandated Testing Overkill
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57547236-90/district-teachers-program-says.html.csp

Momentum Grows for Legislative Study of Testing in Colorado
http://www.co.chalkbeat.org/2014/02/17/testing-opt-out-bill-morphing-into-testing-study/

Oklahoma Third Graders Worried Over Grade Promotion Exam Hurdle
http://www.news9.com/story/24721339/oklahoma-3rd-graders-worried-about-reading-sufficiency-act-exam

Time to Hold Political Leaders Accountable for Common Core Testing Mess
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/12/principal-time-to-hold-ny-education-leaders-accountable-for-core-mess/

NCLB Architect Sandy Kress Now Lobbying for Pre-K Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/kress-now-lobbying-for-pr_b_4784577.html

The Real World Is Not an Exam
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/the-real-world-is-not-an-exam/

Large District Supers Lay Out Proposal for "No Child Left Behind" Replacement
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/02/large_district_superintendents.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2