Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 15 - 21, 2014

With Common Core pilot-tests looming on the horizon, calls for a moratorium on the new assessments and a reduction in test volume, not another round of increases, are intensifying. 

Common Core Assessments: The Next Phase of High-Stakes Testing
http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/01/a_primer_on_common_core--a_new_chapter_in_the_high-stakes_testing_era.html

Advocates Press Gov. Cuomo for Common Core Testing Moratorium
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/article/20140113/NEWS/301130023/Common-Core-concerns-directed-Cuomo

Fact Sheet: Why a Common Core Moratorium is Necessary
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Massive Field-Testing Makes Thousands of Children Unpaid Common Core Guinea Pigs
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-more-testing-illinois-20140117,0,5307497,full.story

Maryland Schools Need $100 Million Computer Upgrades to Administer New Common Core Exams
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-technology-schools-20140116,0,6187986.story

Bill Seeks Suspension of 2014 Maryland State Tests
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-msa-bill-20140114,0,5292378.story

Montgomery Super: Common Core Test Scores Should Not be Used to Judge Teachers
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/16/a-real-school-reform-agenda-for-2014/

Virginia Republican State Legislators Join Democratic Governor and Public Majority to Support Testing Rollback
http://www.roanoke.com/news/virginia/article_e2a3a28a-7d99-11e3-8353-0019bb30f31a.html/

Suburban Richmond School Board Considers Assessment Reform Resolution
http://www.nbc12.com/story/24501112/virginia-school-board-members-called-to-support-sol-test-reform

Virginia Poll Finds Growing Voter Concern About Impact of Standardized Exam Overkill
http://www.cepi.vcu.edu/media/university-relations/cepi/pdfs/CEPI2013-14Poll-SOLandpolicyrelease-final.pdf

Florida Facing Challenge Over Student Testing
http://www.news-press.com/article/20140118/OPINION/301180011/Editorial-State-facing-challenge-over-student-testing

Super Allows Idaho Schools to Opt Out of Some Common Core Field Tests
http://www.idahopress.com/news/local/luna-agrees-to-compromise-on-common-core-testing/article_f03a68ca-7e25-11e3-bed4-0019bb2963f4.html

Louisiana Schools Need Millions More for Common Core Testing Computer Upgrades
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/louisiana_schools_may_need_up.html#incart_river

Philadelphia Test-Cheating Scandal May Be Nation's Largest
http://thenotebook.org/blog/146824/more-130-philly-educators-implicated-cheating

Minnesota Kindergarten: Too Many Tests; No Time to Play
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2014/01/15/kindergarten-teacher-too-many-tests-no-time-play

Coloradans Say "No" to High-Stakes Testing with Highway Billboard
http://susanohanian.org/show_nclb_cartoons.php?id=1000

More Parents Resist Standardized Tests
http://theworldlink.com/news/opinion/editorial/parents-resisting-standardized-tests/article_8e2281ce-81fc-11e3-9bbe-0019bb2963f4.html

New York Could Lead National Away From School Testing Fixation
http://www.wnyc.org/story/opinion-nyc-school-system-critical-tipping-point/

Former Charter School Teacher Reveals Program's Test-Prep Fixation
http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2014/01/full-interview-with-former-charter.html

Take This Test (Please)
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6730

Diane Ravitch Faults Culture of Tests
http://www.lohud.com/article/20140116/NEWS02/301160100/Ravitch-faults-culture-tests

The Beginning of an End to Sanction-Driven Education?
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/the-beginning-of-an-end-to-sanction-driven-education/

NCLB 12th Anniversary: Lake Wobegon is Finally Here
http://www.forumforeducation.org/blog/its-finally-here

Education Bills Languish in Congress
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/01/15/17congress_ep.h33.html