Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 18 - 24, 2014

What a week!

The impact of "Testing Resistance & Reform Spring" protests reverberates across the nation with more states suspending testing requirements or pulling out of testing consortia. Bill Gates' call for a moratorium on some consequences from Common Core exams, quickly implemented by some political allies, reflects another way grassroots power is forcing policy elites to backpedal.  To take advantage of this opportunity, parents, educators, students, and community activists need to step up advocacy campaigns to end standardized testing misuse and press for implementation of higher quality performance assessments.

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What the Gates Foundation's Embrace of a High-Stakes Testing Moratorium Really Means
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/06/john_thompson_time_for_a_truce.html

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/06/is_a_high_stakes_moratorium_wo.html
http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/debating-the-gates-moratorium-or-life-among-the-roadbuilders/
http://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/gates-foundation-sends-reformers-scrambling/

Plan for Common Core Testing "Fractures" As States Withdraw
http://hechingerreport.org/content/common-common-core-fractures-state-support-falters_16420/

Common Core National Field Tests Had Major, Known Data Security Flaw
http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/06/16/parcc-field-tests-had-major-data-security-flaws-and-of-course-they-knew-all-about-it/

Bid-Rigging Lawsuit Throws $240Million/Year Common Core Testing Contract Into Limbo
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/11/core-business-major-testing-company-pearson-lands-controversial-common-core/

Colorado Parent's Letter: Fixation on Testing Hurts Local Education
http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/letters/ci_26020119/focus-testing-hurts-local-education

DC Public Schools Take "Hiatus" From Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-public-schools-takes-hiatus-from-test-based-teacher-evaluations-as-city-moves-to-common-core-exams/2014/06/19/184b8b44-f7c2-11e3-8aa9-dad2ec039789_story.html

Supers Question Florida Writing Test Scores
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/superintendents-voice-strong-doubts-about-fcat-writing-tests/2185177

Florida Teacher Who Decried "Toxic Culture of Education" Now Running for School Board
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/school-zone/os-orange-teacher-toxic-culture--school-board-,0,1357720.post

Turmoil Over Indiana School Testing Continues
http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20140618/OPINION01/306180015/Common-Core-education

Indiana Parents Protest Testing Frequency
http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/schools/2014/06/24/Goshen-schools-questioned-by-parent-group-over-frequency-of-student-tests.html

Louisiana Governor Seeks to Block Common Core Test
http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20140618/NEWS01/140618007

Common Core Fight in Louisiana Needs Common Sense
http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/opinion/9505036-171/guest-oped-common-core-doesnt

Massachusetts Super: Adding New Tests Fits the Definition of "Insanity"
http://superintendentlps.blogspot.com/2014/06/insanity-doing-thesame-thing-over-and.html

Debate Over Massachusetts Testing System Ignores Larger Educational Questions
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/06/22/debate-over-dueling-test-systems-avoids-larger-education-questions/IgYBduPxOCpPHFLCGhTG3N/story.html#

New Jersey Assembly Votes to Put Brakes on Common Core Testing
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/06/18/assembly-votes-to-put-brakes-on-impact-of-common-core-testing/

New York Educator Union Head Seeks Overhaul of Exam-Score-Based Ratings
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/06/18/nysut-head-getting-rid-of-test-scores-only-a-first-step-toward-evaluation-overhaul/#.U6LVa2OiUng

Common Core Testing Concerns Spur Teacher Evaluation Change
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/albany-watch/2014/06/19/common-core-concerns-spur-teacher-evaluation-changes/11031011/

New York Parents Outraged That Testing "Pause" Does Not Include Students
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/19/new-york-parents-outraged-by-cuomos-deal-on-tests-what-about-the-children/

Ohio Legislature Delays Common Core Testing Impact
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local-education/state-slows-down-new-curriculum-testing-standards/ngMwd/

Rhode Island Legislature Passes Grad Test Suspension Bill
http://www.providencestudentunion.org/2014/06/20/ri-students-win-3-year-high-stakes-testing-ban/

Happy Rhode Island Teenager Was Prime Example for Exit Exam Repeal
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20140622-barrington-teen-who-was-denied-diploma-really-happy-ri-lawmakers-voted-to-dump-necaps.ece

South Carolina Retroactively Gives Diplomas to Adults Who Failed High School Grad Test
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/education/2014/06/18/former-students-seek-diplomas-new-law/10830371/

Tennessee Quits PARCC Testing Consortium
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/06/tennessee_quits_parcc.html

Legislators Seek Tennessee Ed. Head's Resignation Over Test-Score Manipulation
http://www.fox17.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/lawmakers-demand-education-commissioner-huffman-resign-mikayla-lewis-21922.shtml

Texas District Super: Test Does Not Define Your Child
http://www.ketknbc.com/news/lindale-superintendent-shares-thoughts-about-staar

Education "Reform" -- A National Delusion
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-nelson/education-reform-a-nation_b_5511589.html

New Analysis Rebuts Claims About Accuracy of "Value-Added" Teacher Evaluation
http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2014/06/adler-response-to-chetty

Cartoon: Transforming Teachers Into Mere Test Proctors
http://blackeducator.blogspot.com/2014/06/taylorism-20-transforming-teachers-into.html

What Real Learning Looks Like (Hint: It's Not Test-Driven Classrooms)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/18/what-real-learning-actually-looks-like-in-class/

How Standardized Testing Keeps Us Stuck in the 20th Century
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/18/testing-education-update-738/

Why Education in Finland Works
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntdYxqRce_s

"Good Morning Mission Hill" -- A Model for a U.S. School Promoting Real Learning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO4d_dRmlXw&feature=share

Why Machines Should Never Be Allowed to Grade Student Writing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/18/sarcasm-scarlett-johannson-and-why-machines-should-never-grade-student-writing/

College to Applicants: We Won't Look at Your SATs (or ACTs)
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/college-to-applicants-we-wont-look-at-your-sats-2014-06-18