Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 30 - August 4, 2014

This week's mid-summer torrent of stories shows how testing overkill and assessment reform have become significant issues of public -- and political -- debate.

More Testing Won't Reform Connecticut Schools
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/op_ed/hc-op-fresh-talk-carroll-consi...

DC School's Own Test Results Demonstrate Failure of Exam-Driven Ed. "Reform"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/05/if-this-i...

Florida School Board Member to Opt His Kids Out of Standardized Testing
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/26155515/lee-county-parent-to-opt-children-ou...
Hundreds of SW Florida Parents Say They Will Opt Out of New Exams
http://www.nbc-2.com/Clip/10426705/lee-county-parents-refusing-standardi...

Magazine Article Nails Root Cause of Atlanta, Georgia Cheating Scandal
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/new-yorker-nails-the-real_b_...

Future of Testing in Indiana at Political Crossroads
http://in.chalkbeat.org/2014/07/28/the-basics-of-testing-in-indiana-chan...

Popular Maine Music Teacher May Be Dismissed Over Test Score Rule
https://bangordailynews.com/2014/07/30/news/bangor/popular-orono-high-sc...
http://bangordailynews.com/2014/08/03/opinion/contributors/standardized-...

Massachusetts Teachers Talk About Testing
https://www.youtube.com/user/massteacher

How Pearson and Political Considerations Set New York Common Core Exam Cut Scores
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/07/26/common-core-cut-sco...

Testing a Major Issue in Oklahoma Gubernatorial Race
http://kgou.org/post/what-would-end-high-stakes-testing-mean

High-Stakes Testing and Common Core Debate in Rhode Island
http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/its-all-about-education-high-stakes...

Texas Teacher Evaluation Must Be Transparent and Understandable
http://www.chron.com/opinion/editorials/article/Teacher-evaluation-56636...

Wyoming Super. Candidates Agree: Students Are Over-Tested
http://trib.com/news/local/education/superintendent-candidates-wyoming-s...

Rival Firm Appeals Award of PARCC Testing Contract to Pearson
http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-9009-nonprofit-challenges-comm...
Pearson's Sales Decline; 4,000 Jobs Dropped
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/07/pearson_reports_sa...

Why "Race to the Top" Was a Fiasco
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2014/0...
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2014/0...

How the Testing Fixation Fails Bilingual Children
https://theconversation.com/how-we-kill-languages-and-fail-our-cleverest...

What Do Standardized Tests Actually Measure
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/01/what-do-s...

Myths and Lies That Threaten U.S. Public Schools
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2014/0...

Reform Programs That Work
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/05/school-re...

Agenda for Overhauling "No Child Left Behind" From Forum on Educational Accountability
http://www.fairtest.org/sites/default/files/FEA%20Recommendations%20Simp...

A Lesson for K-12: To Stop Cheating, Nuclear Weapons Officers Ditch Test Grades
http://www.npr.org/2014/07/28/334501037/to-stop-cheating-nuclear-officer...

Temple University Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140729_Temple_to_make_test_scores_op...

Montclair State University Drops ACT/SAT Exam Requirement
http://www.northjersey.com/news/montclair-state-university-will-no-longe...

Moving Away From the SATs
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/editorial/moving-away-fro...