Testing Resistance & Reform News: February 25 - March 3, 2015

Across the U.S. the testing resistance and reform movement is rapidly expanding as annual standardized exam begin in many schools. This week's stories from more than half the 50 states clearly show the significant impact that parents, students, teachers, administrators and community leaders are having on policy makers in the fight against testing misuse and overuse.

FairTest Opt Out Resources
http://fairtest.org/get-involved/opting-out
Fact Sheet: Why You Can Boycott Testing Without Fear of Federal Penalties for Your School
http://www.fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear

National Poll: Parents Give Standardized Tests an "F" Grade
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/poll-parents-give-standardized-te...
New Video: Parents Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests
https://vimeo.com/120619448
Opt Out Movement Surges Across U.S.
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/opt_out_national_move...
Grade-Span Exams Would be Better
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article11232887.html

Alabama Retrenching on High School Testing
http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/education/state-retrenching-on-high-scho...

Arizona Schools Balk at Being Forced to Buy Pricey Equipment for New State Tests
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/school-districts-forced-to-buy-eq...

California's Poor Children Need More Help, Not More Standardized Tests
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article11177228.html

Colorado Opt-Out Movement Says "No" to New Tests
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27618088/opt-out-movement-just-say-no-...
Colorado Testing Has Not Improved Education Quality for Communities Most in Need
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27590042/guest-commentary-operating...

Ed. School Deans Say Connecticut Must Stop Bashing Teachers and Relying on Tests
http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-basmadjian-dont-blame-teacher...
Connecticut Teacher Explains Flaws of Annual Exams to U.S. Senator
http://ctmirror.org/2015/02/27/op-ed-sen-blumenthal-please-put-and-end-t...

Parents, Teachers Push Back Against Delaware Testing
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/02/27/parents-te...

Problems Plague Debut of New Florida Online Test
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-school-testing-trou...
Legislators Under Pressure to Overhaul Florida School Testing
http://www.winknews.com/2015/02/26/florida-legislators-under-pressure-to...

Georgia State Super Explains Problems with Federal Testing Mandate to Arne Duncan
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/27/georgias-...

lllinois Educators Leery of New State Achievement Test
http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150225/NEWS/150229494/11669/NEWS
How to Refuse PARCC in Illinois and Promote Opt-Out Legislation
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=16d71997b1c1711b098bb21c8&id=57bb2e2...

Parents, Educators Express Concerns About Indiana Tests, Score Misuses
http://www.tristatehomepage.com/story/d/story/parents-educators-express-...

Louisiana Parents Opt Children Out of PARCC Tests
http://www.wafb.com/story/28203752/louisiana-parents-opt-children-out-of...

Maine Families Push Back Against Standardized Testing
https://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/01/education/testing-the-test-mainer...
Super Says Maine Students May Not be Ready for Common Core Tests
https://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/26/news/bangor/superintendent-webb-s...

Bipartisan Group of Maryland Legislators Challenges Excessive Testing
http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/maryland-excessive-testing-schools-chal...

Standardized Tests Taking Toll on Mississippi Schools
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/03/01/standardized-tests-ta...

Judge Rules Missouri's Common Core Testing Pact is Illegal
http://m.ky3.com/missouri-judge-rules-pact-with-common-core-testing-ille...

Thousands Opt Out as Controversial Testing Begins in New Jersey
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150302_Monday_the_day_for_contr...
New Jersey Parents Want PARCC Test "Parked"
http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2015/02/25/cranbury_press/news/doc...

Thousands of New Mexico Students Walk Out of School Over Testing
http://krqe.com/2015/03/02/parcc-testing-sparks-massive-high-school-walk...
Parents Join New Mexico PARCC Protests
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3715951.shtml#.VO3KO-FLUZw

New York City Educators Seek Parents' Help in Fight Against Governor's Test-Based Evaluation Scheme
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/26/teachers-...
Teachers' Rally Protest's New York Gov. Cuomo's Testing Policies
http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/local/article_25bd8e30-be9b-11e4-bc...

Ohio Families Opt Out of State Tests in Droves
http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2015/02/24/tri-v...
Critics Say There Are Too Many Standardized Exams in Ohio Schools
http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Critics-say-the...

Oklahoma Legislators Working to Stop End-of-Course State Tests
http://kfor.com/2015/02/25/oklahoma-lawmakers-working-to-end-end-of-inst...

Too Much Testing Drives Oregon Opt-Out Surge
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20150226/lead-story/too-much-testing
Smarter Balanced Assessment Fails the Test in Oregon
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/32801990-78/failing-the-test.html.csp#

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Parents and Teachers Slam High-Stakes Testing at Opt-Out Forum
http://thenotebook.org/blog/158275/parents-slam-high-stakes-testing-opt-...

Rhode Island Educators Support Parents' Right to Opt Children Out of High-Stakes Tests
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150224/NEWS/150229622
Manifesto Against Rhode Island PARCC Testing
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150225/OPINION/150229541/1381...

South Carolina Educators Say Leave NCLB Behind to Advance Equal Educational Opportunity
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150302/PC1002/150309947/1021/lea...

New Tennessee Ed. Commissioner Hears Teachers' Concerns About Testing
http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/education/2015/02/27/education-chie...

Resolution to Reduce Testing Passes Utah House
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622826/Move-to-reduce-student-test...

Seattle, Washington School Refuses to Administer Smarter Balanced Test
http://iamaneducator.com/2015/02/24/new-seattle-test-boycott-erupts-nath...

Wisconsin School Testing Roller Coaster Takes Another Sharp Turn
http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/school_testing_roller_coaster_takes_a_sh...

More Colleges Look Beyond Test Scores to Determine Admission
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/colleges-and-universities-rethink-selec...
FairTest List of 850+ "Test Optional" Bachelor-Degree Granting Institutions
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing
https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/noam-chomsky-on...

Report: New Federal Teacher Prep Rules Too Stringent
http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/26/new-teacher-prep-rules-too-str...

Contentious Teacher Evaluation Policies Moving to Courtrooms
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/contentious-teacher-relate...

In Test-Based Systems, Even Young Children Resist Learning
http://theconversation.com/in-test-based-systems-even-young-kids-resist-...

Current Tests Don't Measure What Kids Should Really Master
http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/02/26/things-every-kid-should-m...