Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 18 - 24, 2015

With the annual standardized exam season about to begin in the nation's public schools, the testing resistance and reform movement is speaking out loudly both on Capitol Hill and in many state capitals. Make sure to add your voice so more politicians get the message.

U.S. House Scheduled to Vote on NCLB Revisions This Friday
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/02/house_set_to_pass_n...
National Teachers Unions Step Up Lobbying Efforts on "No Child" Rewrite
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/02/national_teachers_u...
Send Congress Your Message Today: "Less Testing, No High-Stakes"
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Memo to Civil Rights Activists: Test-Driven Education Is Not Working
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/memo-to-civil-rights-activists-te...

Positive School Reform: Re-Imagining the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/02/25/positive-school-reform-reim...

Addressing Sen. Alexander's Two Critical Questions About ESEA Reauthorization
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-m-ratner/answering-chairman-alexan_b_...

Duncan Double-Talk on Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/02/the_twists_and_turn...

Arizona Ends AIMS Graduation Testing Requirement
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/02/20/new-law-...
More Arizona Parents See Standardized Tests Are Harmful
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/more-parents-see-standardized-tes...

California School Districts Seek $1 Billion To Meet Testing Mandates
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/02/18/calif-districts-seek-1-bill...

Growing Opt-Out Movement in Colorado
http://www.koaa.com/story/28154173/opt-out-movement-protesting-standardi...
Colorado State School Board Waives Penalties for Low Test Participation
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/02/18/state-board-delays-action-on-testing-...

Connecticut Teachers Call for Elimination of Statewide Standardized Tests
http://ctmirror.org/2015/02/23/state-teachers-union-eliminate-statewide-...

Delaware Undercurrent of School Testing Criticism
http://www.wdel.com/blog-post.php?postid=4205

Florida Principal: High-Stakes Testing is Killing Our Schools
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/02/16/florida-principal-high-stakes-testing...
Florida Political Leaders Concede Too Much Testing: Proposal Minor Cuts
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/too-much-testing-flooding-florida...

Illinois School Supers Seek Delay of Common Core Testing
http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150219/NEWS/150218948

Indiana Should Scrap the ISTEP
http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2015/02/17/indiana-scrap-istep/235...
Parents Can Opt Their Children Out of Controversial Indiana Test
http://wane.com/2015/02/19/parents-can-opt-their-child-out-of-istep/

Survey Shows Louisiana Teachers Believe Students Are Tested Too Much
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=157&sid=33507758&title=survey-teachers-...
Why Families Are Opting Out of Louisiana Testing
http://wrkf.org/post/opting-out-standardized-testing

Misuse Makes Maine's Standardized Tests Meaningless
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/17/opinion/dont-misuse-standardized-t...
Maine Bill Calls for Notices on Opting Out of Exams
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/02/23/bill-calls-notices-right-opt-schoo...

Michigan's Standardized Exams Fail the Educational Value Test
http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20150217/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/150219...

Former Nebraska Ed. Commissioner Speaks Out on Testing
http://www.livingindialogue.com/doug-christensen-esea-time-voices-educat...

Teachers' Ad Campaign Targets New Jersey Standardized Exams
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/02/njea_launches_ad_campaign_against_pa...
New Jersey State Assembly Restricts Use of New Test Scores
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150224_N_J__Assembly_restricts...

Manchester, New Hampshire School Board Will Support Smarter Balanced Test Opt Outs
http://www.newhampshire.com/article/20150224/NEWS04/150229644/-1/newhamp...

New Mexico Teachers Rally Against Test-Driven Policies
http://nmpoliticalreport.com/?p=1777
New Mexico Students Stage Walkout Over PARCC Exams
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/high-school-students-st...

New York Principal Calls for Educators to Assist Parents, Student Opt Outs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/19/principal...
After Public Outcry, Regents Postpone Vote to Make New York Field Tests Mandatory
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2015/02/17/regents-table-vote-...

North Carolina Educators Take Issue with Test-Based School Ratings
http://www.dukechronicle.com/articles/2015/02/23/durham-educators-take-i...

Growing Number of Ohio Families Opt Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/02/17/columbus-ohio-parcc-pushb...
Ohio Districts Make Arrangements for Students Who Opt Out of State Tests
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/02/18/districts-make-arrangement...

Portland Oregon Students Can Opt Out of Smarter Balanced Tests
http://koin.com/2015/02/17/pps-parents-protest-common-core/
Are Oregon Students Tested Too Much
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/250896-119077-are-oregon-students-t...

Pennsylvania Part of Growing National Opt-Out Movement
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2015/02/pennsylv...
Philly Schools Will Share Pennsylvania Test Opt-Out Info with Parents
http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/02/20/hite-district-share-opt-info-te...

Test Prep for Kindergarteners and More Problems in Houston Texas Schools
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/local/gray-matters/article/The-precariou...
Texas Legislature Considers Bill to End Graduation Exam Requirement
https://www.texasobserver.org/seliger-looks-to-reduce-importance-of-high...

Utah Lawmakers Look for Alternatives to Standardized Exams
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622163/Are-Utah-students-tested-to...

Wisconsin Activists Learn About Boycotting Tests From Chicago Teacher Leaders
http://wuwm.com/post/chicagoans-offer-milwaukee-ideas-about-boycotting-o...

We're Testing Children Too Much and On the Wrong Things
http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/02/were-testing-children-on-the-wrong-...
John Thompson Reviews Anya Kamenetz' "The Test"
http://www.livingindialogue.com/kamenetz-test-can-value-truly-measured/

The Onion: New Initiative Replaces Entire Curriculum With One Standardized Test
http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-education-initiative-replaces-k12-c...