Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 29 - February 4, 2014

Grassroots pressure to stop high-stakes testing, reduce the number of standardized exams and replace multiple-choice tests with performance-based assessments is rapidly growing. More politicians are beginning to heed the "Enough is Enough!" message.

Stay tuned to these updates for news about "Testing Resistance & Reform Spring," which will significantly ratchet up the national campaign for major policy changes. Please feel free to forward these links to other lists, post on Facebook, or Tweet a link to http://fairtest.org/news where an archive of weekly posts can be found.

Why NCLB Crashed and Burned: When Will Policy Makers Ever Learn? 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/03/nclb-crashed-and-burned-when-will-we-ever-learn/

Civil Rights Icon James Meredith Urges Testing Cutback
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/29/civil-rights-hero-launches-american-childs-education-bill-of-rights/

Chicago Teachers Union Backs Parents Who Opt Out of State Test
http://www.ctunet.com/media/press-releases/ctu-supports-parent-boycott-of-low-stakes-isat

Chicago Parents Escalate Battle Against High-Stakes Tests
http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2014/01/29/65404/battle-heating-against-high-stakes-tests

Fixing the Education "Reform" Mess: Open Letter to New York Education Officials
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/28/the-reform-mess-an-open-letter-to-ny-education-officials/

New York Teachers Support Right to Families Right to Hold Students Out of State Tests
http://www.nysut.org/news/2014/february/nysut-strongly-condemns-sit-and-stare-policies

Model Refusing the Test Guide and Public Education Materials
http://changethestakes.wordpress.com/national-opt-out-movement/what-parents-need-to-know/

Connecticut Governor Endorses Delay in Test-Back Teacher Evaluation
http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-common-core-push-back-0128-20140128,0,4058443.story

Teacher Evaluation Delay a Small Victory
http://foxct.com/2014/01/29/delay-in-new-teacher-evaluation-system-a-small-victory/

Providence Students Dress as Guinea Pigs to Protest High-Stakes Testing
http://www.golocalprov.com/news/new-students-dress-as-lab-animals-to-protest-high-stakes-testing/

Local Rhode Island School Committee Votes for Delay in Common Core Exam Administration
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140129-tiverton-school-committee-oks-resolution-calling-for-delay-in-new-state-test-poll.ece

Teaching to the Test: Mississippi Video Confirms What Many Suspect
http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20140130/NEWS01/301300035/Teaching-test-Secret-video-confirms-what-many-suspect

Oklahoma Bill Would Authorize Parents to Opt Their Children Out of Tests
http://www.newson6.com/story/24569951/proposed-bill-gives-oklahoma-parents-power-over-standardized-tests

North Carolina Legislators Hear Testimony About Reading Test Overkill
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/28/3572585/legislators-hear-complaints-about.html

New Virginia Governor Wants to Eliminate "Misleading" School Grades
http://www.roanoke.com/news/politics/article_ef556904-8a2e-11e3-bbe7-0017a43b2370.html

Refuse the Tests in 2014: The Tipping Point
http://www.pegwithpen.com/2014/02/refuse-tests-in-2014-tipping-point.html

Ravitch: Too Much Focus on Testing
http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20140201/NEWS01/302010043/Education-historian-Ravitch-believes-education-support-civic-responsibility?nclick_check=1

What We Know (and Ignore) About Standards, Achievement and Equity
http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/01/28/what-we-know-and-ignore-about-standards-achievement-and-equity/

Don't Judge a School by Test Scores Alone
http://www.dailybreeze.com/social-affairs/20140131/south-bay-parenting-dont-judge-a-school-by-its-test-scores-alone

National Federation of the Blind Sues Over Common Core Test Accessibility
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/speced/2014/01/national_federation_of_the_bli.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3

Obama on Education: Rhetoric vs Reality in the State of the Union Address
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/29/obama-on-education-rhetoric-vs-reality/