Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 10 - 16, 2015

With the school year ending around the nation, the assessment resistance and reform movement is focusing its energies on Congress and state legislatures to end policies encouraging test overuses and misuses, which that opt-out activists and their allies have exposed.

U.S. Congress May Take Up "No Child" Overhaul in June -- Contact Your Senators Today!
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

National Opt-Out Movement is Gaining Momentum
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/06/10/the-opt-out-movement-is-gai...
Power of Parents is Displayed in Opt Outs
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/06/10/the-power-of-parents-is-on-...

Arkansas State Board of Ed. Fights with Governor Over Testing Vendor
http://www.thecitywire.com/node/37832#.VXojQPlLUZw

Colorado Assessment Reformers Drive State Board of Ed Chair to Resign
http://northdenvernews.com/anti-ed-reform-block-drive-neal-from-chair-of...

Delaware Testing Opt Out Bill Ignites Legislative Firestorm
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/06/10/opt-bill-i...
Delaware District Supers Say State is Overtesting Kids, Misusing Evaluations for Teachers, Schools
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/06/10/survey-sch...

District of Columbia School Evaluation Data-Driven Over a Cliff
http://www.publicleadershipinstitute.org/school_evaluation_that_s_data_d...

Georgia Problems During Spring Testing Raise Questions of Validity
http://www.daily-tribune.com/newsx/item/2723-problems-during-spring-test...
Georgia CTB/McGraw Hill Compensates State $4.5 Million for Testing Errors
http://www.forsythnews.com/section/3/article/27580/

Idaho Test Scores Start Trickling In After Long Reporting Delay
http://magicvalley.com/news/local/test-scores-trickling-in-after-statewi...

Massachusetts District Blasts State-Mandated Testing, Seeks High-Stakes Moratorium
http://www.gazettenet.com/news/townbytown/shutesbury/17256776-95/amherst...
Massachusetts Educators Call for Halt to High-Stakes Testing
http://learninglab.wbur.org/2015/06/11/why-mass-educators-are-calling-fo...

Michigan District Drops Opt-Out Sanctions After Community Protest
http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/06/ann_arbor_schools_...

Minnesota Testing Is Not Teaching
http://www.winonapost.com/Article/ArticleID/44589/Testing-is-not-teaching

New Jersey Local Board Resolution Against Testing Overkill
http://www.newjerseyhills.com/bernardsville_news/news/standardized-test-...

New Mexico Teachers Voice PARCC Criticism
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/local-teachers-voice-pa...

New York Seven State Education Regents Oppose Governor Cuomo's Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Policy
http://libn.com/2015/06/10/seven-regents-stand-up-sign-on-for-revamped-t...
New York Graduation Tests Fail to Meet Students' Educational Needs
http://citylimits.org/2015/06/12/op-ed-nys-graduation-exams-are-failing-...

Ohio State Testing Policies Eat Into Educational Time
http://www.sanduskyregister.com/news/education/8531646
Ohio Outcry on Testing Gets Legislators Attention
http://www.vindy.com/news/2015/jun/13/outcry-on-testing-gets-legislators...

Oregon Senate Defies Federal Threats, Makes It Easier for Parents to Opt Kids Out of Smarter Balanced Tests
http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/33186093-75/oregon-senate-moves-t...

Pennsylvania Graduation Testing Requirement Could be Delayed
http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/graduation_testing_re...

Virginia Who Makes Money Off of State Testing?
www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/cathcart-who-makes-money-on-the-sols/article_f04a4439-467b-5292-a643-eda18466de7f.html

Washington Time to End High-Stakes Tests as Graduation Requirement
http://www.bremertonpatriot.com/opinion/306999761.html

FairTest honors Leon Botstein and Karen Lewis
http://garnpress.com/2015/fair-test-honors-karen-lewis-and-leon-botstein/
Chicago Teachers Union Pres. Karen Lewis Video Accepting FairTest "Heros of Education" Award
https://youtu.be/mL6F7JCzOQ4

Test Data Misuse Reaches Absurd Levlels
https://theconversation.com/test-data-misuse-reaches-absurd-levels-42585

Flood of New Scorers Could Pose Problems for Common Core Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/flood-of-new-scorers-could...

Two Sections of June SAT Will Not Be Scored Due to Test-Makers' Error -- Where Is the "Accountability"?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/06/14/college-b...