Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 8 - 14, 2015

The national assessment reform movement remains focused on Capitol Hill as the U.S. Senate debates amendments to its bipartisan proposal to replace NCLB  -- still at issue: eliminating of the federal test-every-child-every-year mandate.  Please contact your state's two senators today to support the grade-span alternative (http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres).  Meanwhile in many states, assessment reform activists continue to win victories as their pressure forces policy makers to reduce testing overkill and misuse.

National Setting the Record Straight About the U.S. Senate NCLB Overhaul Legislation
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/07/07/leonie-haimson-setting-the-record-str...
Network for Public Education Offers "Qualified Support" for Senate Bill
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/07/11/network-for-public-education-offers-q...
U.S. House Narrowly Adopts NCLB Replacement Including Parental Opt-Out Provision
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/247297-house-votes-to-renew-...

Less Testing Should Be a Civil Right
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/09/some-say-...
Teachers in Low-Income Districts Seek Less Testing
http://www.ibtimes.com/no-child-left-behind-debate-teachers-low-income-a...

What Explains NCLB's Remaining Support?
http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2015/07/t...

California Some Class of 2015 Seniors in Limbo as Legislature Debates Grad Test Repeal
https://laschoolreport.com/hundreds-of-lausd-seniors-cant-take-exit-exam...
California Critical Questions About Validity and Fairness of Smarter Balanced Computerized Exams
http://eduresearcher.com/2015/07/06/critical-questions-computerized-test...

District of Columbia How the PARCC Test Hurt My Students
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/09/d-c-teach...

Florida Test Scores Released Despite Lack of Legally Required Validity Study
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-testing-validity-study-r...
Florida New Law Ties Teacher Bonuses to Their Own ACT/SAT Scores as Teenagers
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150708/article/150709665?p=all&tc...

Illinois Arne Duncan's Kids Will Go to School Free From the Tests He Pushes for Other Peoples' Children
http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-public-fools/2015/07/arne-duncan-choos...

Maryland County School Board Seeks to Cut Back Local Assessments
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/education/education_topics/policy/...
Maryland Brings Opt-Out Appeal to School Board
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/government...

Massachusetts Don't Harm Students With New Standardized Tests
http://www.recorder.com/home/17692021-95/editorial-dont-harm-students-wi...
Massachusetts Growing Calls to Abandon PARCC Exam
http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_28472028/growing-calls-aband...

Minnesota Reducing Standardized Exams Is Step in Right Direction
http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/opinion/article_c0da547...
Minnesota Dozens of Test Scores Tossed as Cheating Investigation Expands
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/3782220-dozens-tests-scores-tossed...

Missouri More Parents Should Opt Out of Testing
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/more-parents-should-opt-out...

Nevada Students, Teachers Confused by Ever-Changing Testing Requirements
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2015/07/13/nevada-students-face-...

New Mexico More than 5% of Albuquerque Students Opted Out of Standardized Exams
http://krqe.com/2015/07/08/aps-students-opt-out-of-standardized-testing/

New York Pearson Loses Major State Testing Contract
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/07/10/pearson-l...

North Carolina Takes Small Tests Toward Reducing Testing
http://www.fayobserver.com/news/local/n-c-takes-small-steps-toward-reduc...

Oklahoma State PTA Calls for Boycott of All Non-Federally Mandated Tests
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/statewide-pta-calls-for-boycott...

Pennsylvania Manufactures Massive Test Failures with Arbitrary Cut Scores
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/pennsylvania-manufactures-mas...
Pennsylvania Anti-Testing Activist Stops in Philadelphia on Walk to DC
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/homeroom/Anti-testing-activist-stops-...

Tennessee County School Boards Vote to Eliminate Some Excessive Exams
http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/article/127846/washington-county-school-...
Tennessee High Erasure Rates on Tests Trigger State Audit
http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/local-news/schools/alcy-larose-eras...

Washington More Than Half of State's High School Juniors Skipped Standardized Tests
http://www.kplu.org/post/more-half-wash-eleventh-graders-skipped-require...
Washington Suspends Biology Test Graduation Requirement
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jul/11/washington-legislature-wrap...

Bubble Tests Have Always Yielded Meaningless Rankings
http://www.livingindialogue.com/noam-chomsky-bubble-tests-yield-meaningl...

Why Are Some Educators Evaluated on Scores of Students They Don't Teach?
http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/07/13/evaluating_teachers_in_sp...