Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 6 - 12, 2016

Building on the strength of last year's successful opt-out campaigns and assessment reform movement, grassroots activists are already pressing state and local policy makers to use their increased power under the new federal education law to continue rolling back testing overkill in the first weeks of 2016.

National Five 2015 Victories That Put Cracks in the Tyranny of School Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/five-2015-victories-put-cracks-tyranny...
National Teacher Union Leader Tells Fed, Your Opt-Out Threats Fly in the Face of New Ed. Law
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/01/randi_weingarten_to...
National "Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School" -- revised and updated action guide
http://fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear

Colorado School Administrators File Suit Against Sudden Switch From ACT to SAT as Junior Year Test
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2016/01/07/school-executives-group-files-protest...

Connecticut Teachers Union Calls for Elimination of Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.courant.com/education/hc-teachers-on-testing-0108-20160107-st...

Florida Revised School Grading Formula Does Not Fix Over-Testing Problem
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/education-groups-new-fsa-grading-...
Florida New Tests, New Scores Same Old Problems
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article53627895.html
Florida State Cooks the Books on Tests
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/romano-state-cooks-the-books-...

Georgia High-Stakes Tests Blamed for Teacher Turnover
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/high-stakes-tests-blamed-...
Georgia Are We Basing Too Much of Teacher Evaluation on a $12 Fill-in-the-Blanks Test?
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/01/11/are-we-basing-too-much-of-a...
Georgia Testing Robs Students of Real Learning Opportunities
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2016-01-09/blackmon-testing-robs-student...

Idaho Smarter Balanced Assessments Face Political Test
http://www.idahoednews.org/news/sbac-likely-to-face-another-test-at-the-...

Indiana "No Child" Law Demise May Make It Easier to Replace Current State Exam
http://in.chalkbeat.org/2016/01/11/the-demise-of-nclb-could-make-it-easi...
Indiana Testing Smoke and Mirrors
http://www.goshennews.com/opinion/our-view-the-smoke-and-mirrors-of-iste...
Indiana New Test Scores Released, But Are They "Meaningless"
http://www.decaturdailydemocrat.com/content/istep-numbers-released-are-t...

Kansas Outsourcing School Tests Would Cost More
http://cjonline.com/news/2016-01-05/outsourcing-school-tests-non-public-...

Maine Public Hearing on Standards and Testing
http://news.mpbn.net/post/common-core-opponents-supporters-testify-commi...

Maryland Lawmakers Look to Loosen Standardized Exam Requirements
http://news.wypr.org/post/maryland-lawmakers-eye-cutting-standardized-te...
Maryland Some Special Ed Students Overwhelmed by Testing
http://wtop.com/education/2016/01/md-teachers-testify-students-cant-cope...

Massachusetts Much More to Do to End "No Child" Legacy of Test Misuse and Overuse
http://commonwealthmagazine.org/education/replacing-no-child-left-behind...
Massachusetts Into the Standardized Testing Looking Glass
http://www.gazettenet.com/home/20420401-95/jim-palermo-into-the-standard...

New Jersey New State Laws Limit Early-Childhood Testing, Punishing Schools For Opt-Outs
http://nt.gmnews.com/news/2016-01-07/Schools/Laws_limit_standardized_tes...
New Jersey Parents, Teachers Oppose PARCC Grad Test Requirement
http://nj1015.com/parcc-test-is-all-about-the-money-opponent-says/
New Jersey Community Forum Explores Failures of Exam-Driven "Reform"
https://www.tapinto.net/articles/paterson-educator-gives-testimony-of-ed...

New York Opt-Out Leaders Reply to U.S. Ed. Department Threats, "We Will Not Comply"
https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/opt-out-parent-...
New York Community Forum Defuses Stereotype of Opt Out as a "White Movement"
http://withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com/2016/01/bk-nation-forum-defuses-...
New York Time to Treat Learning Disabled Students Right on Testing Day
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2016/01/05/why-does-everything-we-do-right-for-s...

North Carolina New Federal Law Could Change Testing, Teacher and School Ratings
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/education/your-schools-blog/...

Ohio Bill Would Bar State From Penalizing Schools for Opt Outs
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/01/penalize_schools_for_te...

Rhode Island Standardized Tests Damage Education
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20160107/OPINION/160109577/2011

South Carolina Surveys Scrutinize Time Students Spend Taking Tests
http://www.coastalobserver.com/articles/2016/010716/2.html

Tennessee Teachers Say: Too Many Tests, Not Enough Time to Learn
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/schools/2016/01/08...

Texas How Test Scores Fit Into Teacher Evaluations
http://kxan.com/2016/01/11/how-state-test-scores-factor-into-teacher-eva...
Texas Teacher Evaluation Should Encourage Professional Development, Not Punishment
http://therecordlive.com/2016/01/11/teacher-evaluations-should-encourage...

Utah Civics Test Should Not Be Graduation Requirement
http://news.hjnews.com/logan_hj/civic-test-shouldn-t-be-grad-requirement...

Faux School "Reformers" Hit on Chin by Testing Resisters and Allies
http://www.salon.com/2016/01/09/were_onto_the_phony_education_reformers_...

The Flaws of Test-Centered Schools
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/the-testcentered-school_b_895...

What's Lost When Kindergarten Gets More Academic
http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/01/08/whats-lost-when-kindergarten-ge...

Computer Testing Widens the Achievement Gap in Writing
http://hechingerreport.org/online-writing-tests-widen-achievement-gap/

Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing The Basics
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/performance-based-assessment-reviewing-basi...
More Examples of Performance Assessment
http://performanceassessment.org/

Register Now: Network for Public Education Conference -- April 16,17 in Raleigh, N.C.
http://networkforpubliceducation.org/2016/01/6115/