Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 21 - 27, 2014

The resistance to high-stakes testing continues to expand rapidly across the country. This week's clips document assessment reform activities in 13 states and a growing national movement for a moratorium on Common Core exams.

The Coming Common Core Meltdown:
http://www.rethinkingschools.org/archive/28_02/28_02_karp.shtml

Bipartisan Opposition to Common Core Tests-and-Standards Grows
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/28/267488648/backlash-grows-against-common-core-education-standards?ft=1&f=1013

States Examine Cost, Quality of Common Core Assessments
http://www.pewstates.org/projects/stateline/headlines/states-reconsider-common-core-tests-85899535255

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

Connecticut Common Core Costs Up, Teaching Time Down, Opt-Out Movement Takes Hold
http://jonathanpelto.com/2014/01/27/common-core-costs-instruction-time-opt-movement-takes-hold/

Opting Out: Connecticut Parents Answer to a Higher Authority
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Opting-out-parents-answer-to-a-higher-5173196.php

Defiant Parents: Testing's Discontents
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2014/01/the-defiant-parents-testings-discontents.html#entry-more

Resources for Refusing the Test: Samples From New York
http://www.nysape.org/refusing-the-test-resources.html

Schools with High-Stakes Testing Exemption Urge Mayor de Blasio to Extend Model
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/01/21/school-without-regents-exams-says-mayor-should-spread-its-model/

NY Governor Cuomo Seeks K-2 Testing Ban; Review of Common Core Exam Issues
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2014/01/gov-cuomo-wants-to-prohibit-early-grade-standardized-testing

NY Republican Legislators Push Bill to Cut Back Common Core Testing
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/01/post_690.html

Ohio House Passes Bill to Let Schools Delay New Test Requirements
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/23/house-bill-would-delay-new-testing.html

Michigan Schools Not Ready for Shift to Online Common Core Testing
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140128/SCHOOLS/301280025/Some-Michigan-schools-districts-not-ready-shift-online-tests

Los Angeles Classrooms Lack Technology Capacity for New Exams
http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-lausd-computers-20140128,0,5974079.story#axzz2rhHCjRGK

Indiana Testing Not Designed to Improve Learning
http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140124/EDITORIAL/140129795/1021/LARSON

Rhode Island Grad Test is Not a Good Measure of Student Achievement
http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140120-ron-wolk-rhode-island-flubs-diploma-standards.ece

Providence City Council Unanimously Endorses Testing "Pause"
http://ripr.org/post/providence-city-council-calls-pause-high-stakes-testing

Mass. Teacher Licensing Tests Block Minority Access
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/01/27/state-needs-overhaul-test-for-licensing-teachers/zmkavJxEa4jFbbWA7KyRcP/story.html

Task Force Wants to Scrap Minnesota Teachers Tests
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/education/teacher-tests?from=education

Test-Fixated Schools Hurt Tennessee
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20140125/OPINION03/301250012/2071

Tennessee Republican Legislators Prepare Resolution Seeking Delay of Common Core Tests and Standards
http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2014/01/21/tn-lawmakers-balk-at-common-core-school-standards/4709341/

DC Scales Back Test-Based Evaluations of Principals
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-schools-changes-impact-evaluations-for-principals/2014/01/17/7f17e90a-7df9-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html

DC Schools Forms Parent Task Force to Examine Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-schools-forms-task-force-to-study-student-testing/2014/01/23/3f9764ca-8472-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html

Massive Cheating Scandal in Philadelphia School System: Fallout From the Testing Explosion
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/24/us/erased-answers-on-tests-in-philadelphia-lead-to-a-three-year-cheating-scandal.html

Testing Crisis in Idaho (and U.S.) Public Schools
http://www.argusobserver.com/independent/news/opinion-testing-crisis-in-our-public-school-system/article_c8acd928-8451-11e3-9d93-0019bb2963f4.html

Resist Federal Pressure to Use Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation
http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2022749780_robertcruickshankopedteacherevaluations25xml.html

Time to Hold Arne Duncan Accountable to a Higher Standard
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/arne-duncan-pearson-testing_b_4648554.html

Karl Rove's Real Agenda for "No Child Left Behind"
http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2014/01/thompson-karl-roves-descendents.html

Tests, Competition Take Away From Joy of Learning
http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20140123/Teen/301239991?Title=Tests-competition-take-away-from-joy-of-learning#gsc.tab=0