Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 4 - 10, 2013

With schools out for the summer, this week's media coverage includes fewer stories about testing protests but more about reevaluating assessment policies.  Believe it or not, public schools in several states open for a new year of classes in just a few weeks - -  let another round of resistance to high-stakes testing begin!

Rhode Island Legislators Overwhelmingly Oppose Graduation Test Proposal
    http://www.wpri.com/dpp/news/local_news/mcgowan/house-senate-oppose-necap-graduation-requirement

Upstate New York Parents Pack Auditorium to Tell Policy Makers: Too Much Testing
    http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Speaking-out-about-education-in-New-York--213429551.html

Many Regents Tests Go Missing Under New Grading System
     http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/many-regents-exams-are-still-missing/article_17af06e2-60ad-5b72-ae55-f1d6b43731fb.html

How Some Districts Mis-Report Test Results
    http://shankerblog.org/?p=8618#more-8618

Diversifying Honors Courses By Using Multiple Measures, Not Just Test Scores
     http://www.edutopia.org/blog/more-diversity-honors-classes-update-heather-wolpert-gawron

States Wait as Congress Dithers on Replacing "No Child Left Behind"
    http://cjonline.com/news/2013-07-06/kansas-watches-and-waits-congress-mulls-end-no-child-left-behind

Why Oklahoma Dropped Out of Common Core Test Consortium
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/07/ed_dept_technical_review_of.html

NEA Backs Common Core Testing Moratorium
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2013/07/nea_delegates_endorse_common-core-.html

Common Core Tests Ranked Low on Accessibility for English-Language Learner and Disabled Students
    http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/07/ed_dept_technical_review_of.html

The Problems with Standardized Tests
    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/07/05/the-problem-with-standardized-tests-in-education?s_cid=rss:the-problem-with-standardized-tests-in-education

Test-Driven School Grades Ignore Role of Poverty
    http://www.decaturdaily.com/stories/Poverty-is-a-burden-on-schools,123430

The Blueberry Story Redux: Why Schools Are Not Businesses
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/07/09/why-schools-arent-businesses-the-blueberry-story/

Test Scores, Test Scores and More Test Scores -- How Do Kids Feel About Them?
     http://www.citywatchla.com/8box-left/5361-test-scores-test-scores-and-more-test-scores-how-do-students-feel-about-them

IQ Tests Hurt Kids -- And Don't Measure Intelligence
     http://www.salon.com/2013/07/07/iq_tests_hurt_kids_schools_and_dont_measure_intelligence/singleton/

Why Reliance on Tests Reinforces Bad Behavior in Schools
    http://wlrn.org/post/why-relying-tests-only-reinforces-bad-behavior-schools

The School to Prison Pipeline -- A New Infographic
      http://fairtest.org/pipeline-infographic

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