Testing Resistance & Reform in the News: February 21 - 27, 2013

It's been another incredible week with stories from almost a dozen states chronicling the growing resistance to high-stakes testing overkill and illustrating assessment reform alternatives. There are several good models here for effective local organizing.  Not surprisingly, the testing industry and its apologists are pushing back with promises of "all new, improved" products that, no surprise, don't yet exist. 

Warning from Florida: Ignore Jeb Bush's Bad Advice on Education Policy
  http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/editorial-florida-needs-no-advice-from-jeb-bush-on/nWYCy/

Excess Testing is Major Focus of Huge Austin Rally
  http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/scores-rally-at-capitol-over-school-funding-tests/nWX5s/

Texas Rally Organizer's Website:
  http://savetxschools.org/

Is Right-Wing School Reform (Texas) Toast -- A Good History of the Roots of the Current Insanity
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/is-school-accountability-texas-toast/

Four Ex-Education Commissioners Agree: Too Much Testing
  http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2013/02/ex-tea-chiefs-concede-too-must-testing/

Even Gov. Perry Supports Review of Testing Requirements (But Embraces Jeb Bush's School Grading Scam)
  http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/26/perry-backs-change-to-student-testing-requirements/

Rhode Island Mobilizes Against New Grad Test
  http://www.golocalprov.com/news/opponents-pledge-to-fight-high-stakes-testing/

Editorial Blasts Rhode Island Plan to Tie Graduation to Test Scores
  http://www.browndailyherald.com/2013/02/21/editorial-breaking-the-necap/

Connecticut Education Chief Seeks Newtown Testing Waiver
   http://www.newstimes.com/newtownshooting/article/State-education-chief-seeks-testing-waiver-4310754.php

New York School Board Unanimously Endorses High-Stakes Testing Resolution: Model for Other Community Campaigns
  http://rethinkingtestingmidhudson.blogspot.com/

Are New York Test Defenders Covering Up Uncomfortable Data?
  http://eyeoned.org/content/nineteen-months-of-stonewalling-by-nyc-department-of-education_420/#more-420

New Jersey Community Meeting Dissects Negative Impacts of High-Stakes Exams
  http://www.northjersey.com/news/193042751_Panel_in_Englewood_focuses_on_standardized_testing_s_impact_on_students.html

New Mexico House Resolution Questions State's (Mis)Use of Test Scores
  http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/blog-4283-questioning-test-sco.html

Kansas Senate Committee Rejects Test-Based Retention
   http://www.kansas.com/2013/02/26/2692801/senate-committee-rejects-governors.html

Teacher Test Law Criticized in Minnesota
   http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/391192/group/News/

Teacher Survey Shows Record Low Teacher Job Satisfaction
   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/21/teacher-survey-job-satisfaction-2012_n_2729062.html

Good Educators Forced Out by Bad Policies
   http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/24/1188560/-Good-teachers-forced-out-of-the-classroom-by-bad-policy#

Why Art Teachers Have a Problem with Standardized Testing
   http://news.yahoo.com/standardized-testing-not-black-white-190000300.html

Testing at a Crossroads: A Teacher Roundtable
   http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_ahead/testing-at-a-crossroads/

SAT to be Redesigned to Align with Common Core
   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/02/26/sat-exam-to-be-redesigned/

Pearson Boasts About Growing Testing Business
   http://bobsidlethoughtsandmusings.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/to-attract-investors-pearson-boasts-of-success-in-acquiring-state-parcc-and-rttt-contracts/