Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 28 - February 3, 2015

Ever-strengthening assessment reform pressure has kept proposals to roll back test misuse and overuse at the center of education policy debates on Capitol Hill and in many state capitals across the country.  This week's news stories, opinion columns, and advocacy resources come from 22 states as well as Washington, DC

Email Congress Now to Demand Less Federal Testing, End to High-Stakes
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres
FairTest Statement to Congress -- Grade-Span Exams, No Punitive Consequences
http://fairtest.org/less-testing-more-learning
Independent Test Results Show NCLB Fails to Boost Achievement, Narrow Gaps
http://fairtest.org/independent-test-results-show-nclb-fails

U.S. Senate Seems Unlikely to Push for Test-Based Teacher Ratings
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/senate-appears-unlikely-to...
Sign This Open Letter to Sec. Duncan on Teacher Evaluation
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Hzx75h4EcVFIPbpm3icVI0tJqLRACuaF64UkVWN...

Opt-Out Week in Arizona
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/02/02/opt-out-week-on...

Colorado Teachers Respond to State Report Documenting Test Overkill
http://www.thecherrycreeknews.com/colorado-teachers-respond-testing-report/
A Path Forward for Reducing Testing in Colorado
http://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/14813971-113/vail-daily-column-a-path-f...

Florida Parents Defy High-Stakes Tests; Lawmakers Listening
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-opt-out-testing-20150130-s...
Southwest Florida Group Targets Testing Volume and High-Stakes
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/27979752/local-group-aims-to-reduce-number-of...
Editorial: Throttle Down on Florida's Overzealous School Testing
http://www.bradenton.com/2015/01/29/5607289_throttle-dow-on-floridas-ove...

Georgia State Super to Feds: Stop "Measure, Pressure, and Punish" Policies
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/27/georgia-school-chief-to-feds-...
Bill Would Award High School Diplomas to Georgians Denied Them By Exit Exam
http://www.daltondailycitizen.com/news/it-s-all-about-fairness-new-bill-...

New PARCC Test Sparks Angst Among Illinois Parents and Educators
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/winnetka-northfield-glencoe/ct-win...
Stand-off Escalates Over Chicago Schools' Snub of Federal, Illinois Testing Rules
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150130/BLOGS02/150139992/stando...
Opt-Out Bill Filed in Illinois Legislature
http://www.altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=162018#.VN...

Indiana Educators Feel Tested to the Limit by New State Exams
http://www.journalreview.com/news/article_18d7b730-a759-11e4-8de3-a36c6f...

Louisiana Opt Out Campaign Gets Attention of State Education Board
http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2015/01/29/parents-opting-st...
Governor's Executive Order Lets Louisiana Students Opt Out of PARCC Exams
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/01/30/just-in-jindal-issues...

Some Maine Parents Balk at Having Kids Take Standardized Tests
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/01/30/diegnan-enters-parcc-fray-wi...

Maryland Students Stressed by Testing Overkill
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/z/content_type/letters/stressed-by-test...

Massachusetts State Test a Flawed Measure of School Quality
http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/article/20150131/NEWS/150139909/?Start=1

Tests Don't Improve New Mexico Schools; Economic Opportunity Would
http://www.alamogordonews.com/opinion/ci_27409767/bill-varoula-tests-don...

New Jersey's Landmark Polling on Testing: What it Means
http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2015/01/why-does-public-hate-standardi...
Educators, Parents Urge New Jersey Commission to Drop or Delay New State Tests
http://www.northjersey.com/news/educators-parents-urge-commission-to-dro...
Bill Filed to Establish Opt-Out Procedures. Bar "Sit-and-Stare"
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/01/30/diegnan-enters-parcc-fray-wi...

New York City Parents Urged to Opt-Out of Testing Obsession
http://thevillager.com/2015/01/29/ravitch-urges-parents-to-buck-testing-...

North Carolina Superintendents, Education Advocates Join Effort to Reduce School Testing
http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/29/4515445_more-call-for-fewer-tests...

North Dakota Legislation Would Allow Parents to Opt Their Children Out of Standardized Tests
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/education/opt-out-bill-would-ensur...

Ohio Lawmakers Favor Plan to Trim Testing Time
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/28/state-lawmakers...

Oklahoma PTA Urges Parents to Opt Out of Field Tests
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/01/27/oklahoma-pta-urges-parents-to-opt-out...

Growing Pennsylvania Opt-Out Movement Shows Growing Resistance to High-Stakes Testing
http://thenotebook.org/february-2015/158154/opt-out-movement-reflects-gr...
Hearing Set on Bill to Repeal Pennsylvania Graduation Exam Requirement
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/77853-should-pa-require-st...

Texas Tests Can't Measure What Really Matters
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150130-shane-bybee-te...

Virginia Senate Advances Bill to Further Reduce State Testing Mandates
http://hamptonroads.com/2015/01/further-reduction-school-tests-advances-...

Four Seattle Washington Teachers Refuse to Administer State Test
http://www.livingindialogue.com/four-seattle-teachers-declare-refuse-giv...
Washington Students Lobby State Legislators: Junk the Science Test
http://kuow.org/post/students-lobby-lawmakers-junk-science-test

Wisconsin School Ratings Must Account for Effects of Poverty
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/01/28/...

Researchers Urge Sec. Duncan to Drop Test-Driven Teacher Prep Regulations
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/28/researche...

Conservative Columnist Endorses "Choose to Refuse" Common Core Tests
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397350/choose-refuse-parccsbac-tes...

Why Won't High-Stakes Testing True Believers Face Reality?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/why-wont-arne-duncan-and_b_6...

Activists Share Strategies for Opting Out at Florida Conference
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/28/activists-share-strategies-...

How "School Reform" Failed the Test
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/28/how-schoo...