Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 17 - 23, 2015

Several more states are on the verge of passing opt-out bills as evidence mounts that the current era of testing overkill has undermined educational quality and equity.

U.S. Urge Your Congressperson to Cosponsor Federal Opt-Out Bill
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr2382ih/pdf/BILLS-114hr2382ih.pdf

Multiple States Common Core Test-Maker Responds to Botched Exams in Montana, Nevada and North Dakota
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/aa9db8e6894d4ecea32415630b5...

Arkansas Student Testing Plans in Limbo Due to Political In-fighting
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2015/jun/20/plans-up-in-the-air-over-...

California Common Core Testing Highlights Tech Divide in Rural, Poorer Schools
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/19/common-core-tests-point-...

Delaware Bills Allowing Test Opt-Outs Pass Both Houses of State Legislature
http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=68885

Florida Jeb Bush's Testing Obsession Dumbed Down Education
http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article25108849.html

Idaho: For Real Ed. Reform, Look at Poverty
http://www.cdapress.com/columns/sholeh_patrick/article_243e76de-ffd0-5b1...

Illinois Poverty's Enduring Hold on School Success
http://www.wbez.org/news/povertys-enduring-hold-school-success-112201
Illinois What Do Students Really Need to Succeed
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2015/06/non-cognitive_...

Maine Governor Signs Bill for State to Leave Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2015/06/maine_leaves_common...

Maryland Test Being Reviewed After Scoring Error
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-ci-hsa-ch...

Massachusetts High-Stakes Testing Defenders Don't Get the Message
http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/2...
Massachusetts Schools' Success Cannot Be Explained by Testing
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/06/18/three-states-of-success-that-cant-be-...

Missouri Too Much Testing
http://www.emissourian.com/opinion/editorials/too-much-testing/article_e...

Nevada Two-Thirds of Students in Some Grades Not Tested Due to Computer Software Problems
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2015/06/18/two-thirds-nevada-stu...

New Mexico State Flunks Teachers on Subjects They Do Not Teach
http://nmpoliticalreport.com/4280/4280/
New Mexico Largest District in State Takes Issue with Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
http://nmpoliticalreport.com/4380/aps-takes-issue-with-30-percent-of-its...

New York Research Projects Replace State Tests at Performance Standards Consortium Schools
http://www.wnyc.org/story/how-one-high-school-substitutes-student-work-s...

Ohio Republican Lawmakers, Teachers Union Agree: Much Less Testing Needed
http://www.wksu.org/news/story/43334

Pennsylvania State Senate Approves Two-Year Delay in Exit Exam Requirement
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20150616_Pa__Senate_approves_del...
Pennsylvania Excessive Testing Takes a Financial and Educational Toll
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/guest/excessive-testing-t...

Tennessee Five Takeaways From Test-Scoring Flap
http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2015/06/18/five-takeaways-from-tennessees-quick-...

Washington State Can't Explain Slowdown of Scoring New Smarter Balanced Tests
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/state-cant-explain-slowdown-on...
Washington Science Exit Exam Likely Hurt More Than It Helped
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/06/17/3610651/our-voice-science-exit-...

Wisconsin More than 8,000 Students Opted Out From Smarter Balanced Tests
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/more-than...
Wisconsin Legislators Considering Bill That Would Allow Students to Opt Out of Additional Standardized Exams
http://www.superiortelegram.com/news/wisconsin/3771434-lawmakers-conside...

Inside the Opt-Out Movement: The Pushback Against Testing Overuse and Misuse
http://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/inside-opt-out/inside-opt-out-the-p...

Teachers Say Over-Testing is Major Impediment to Learning
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/poverty-lack-of-parental-i...

No Teaching Experience Necessary Needed to Grade Common Core Tests
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/us/grading-the-common-core-no-teaching...

ACT Drops Controversial College Placement Test
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/06/18/act-drops-popular-compass...