Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 1 - 7, 2015

After victories reining in testing misuse and overuse in several states and good proposals continuing to move forward in other state legislatures, the assessment reform movement's focus shifts to Capitol Hill where the Senate will debate a bipartisan proposal to replace the failed "No Child Left Behind" law with a bipartisan package. FairTest and its allies are pushing for further amendments to take Washington's foot off the testing accelerator by reducing the volume of federally mandated tests.

National Finally, Congress to Debate "No Child Left Behind" Overhaul
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/06/finally-c...
Black and Brown Parents' Groups Call for End to "Oppressive, High-Stakes Standardized Testing and Sanctions"
http://www.j4jalliance.com/media/openletter/
What You Can Do NOW! -- Tell Your U.S. Senators to Kill Every-Kid-Every-Year Testing
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

California High School Exit Exam May Be Suspended Immediately
http://edsource.org/2015/high-school-exit-exam-may-be-suspended-immediat...

Colorado Rural District Receives First Waiver to Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Mandate
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28395503/holyoke-school-district-gets-...

Florida Offers Teachers Bonuses Based on Decades Old ACT/SAT Scores
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article26421424.html
Florida 10 Members of Congress Call on Governor to Dump 2015 Testing Results
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/10-florida-members-of-congress-c...

Georgia Testing and Technology: Who Will Watch the Watchers?
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/07/01/testing-and-technology-in-geo...
Georgia The Real Crime in Atlanta Schools Was Testing Fixation Depriving Kids of Real Education
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/07/02/i-witnessed-the-real-crime-...

Indiana Students Take Too Many Standardized Tests
http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/schools/2015/06/30/Are-Elkhart-County-s...

Massachusetts Editorial Misrepresented Testing Moratorium Bill
http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/07/editorial_misrepresent...

Minnesota Group Studying Computer Glitches on State Testing
http://www.albertleatribune.com/2015/06/group-studying-computer-glitches...
Minnesota Funding Cuts End Compulsory ACT Test Administration
http://www.startribune.com/funding-cuts-force-swift-end-to-mandatory-act...

Mississippi Test-Based Grade Promotion is Doing More Harm Than Good
http://www.dailyleader.com/2015/07/02/education-efforts-are-doing-more-h...

Nebraska Poverty's Impact on Education Cannot Be Ignored
http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/another_opinion/poverty-s-impact-o...

New Hampshire Seeks Comparable Accountability with Flexible Assessments
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2015/07/yes_apples_and_or...

New Jersey Recommendations to Reform Testing of Students With Special Needs
http://www.capemaycountyherald.com/article/community/trenton/107829-new+...

New Mexico Education Department Deceives Public About Teacher Evaluation
http://www.nmpolitics.net/index/2015/07/public-education-department-chos...

New York Fewer Students Held Back Due to Reduced Role of Testing
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/07/01/after-rule-changes-fewer-students-hel...

Ohio Dumps PARCC Common Core Tests After Woeful First Year
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/06/ohio_dumps_the_parcc_co...

Oregon School Board Member Says Opting Out Helps Less-Fortunate Kids
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/07/say_no_to_testing_an...

Pennsylvania Educators Demand End to "Value-Added" Evaluations
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/07/02/Teachers-union-bla...

United Kingdom Exam Factory Fixation Damaging Student's Mental Health
http://www.bbc.com/news/education-33380155

Ten Reasons to Oppose High-Stakes Tests
http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/2015/07/ten-reasons-to-oppose-h...

How I Know Something is Wrong With Common Core Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/07/principal...

Value-Added Teacher Evaluation: "Truth" Without Proof
http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=18008