Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 3 - June 9, 2015

With stories from more than half of the 50 states, this week's news clips show the expanding breadth, depth and clout of the assessment resistance and reform movement. You can help strengthen support for grassroots activism by making contributing to the campaign for Less Testing, More Learning
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National "We Now Know That Students Cannot Be Tested Out of Poverty"
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/243692-dc-civil-rights-...
Keep Pressing the U.S. Senate to Roll Back Federal Test Overkill Mandate
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Arkansas on Verge of Dropping PARCC Test
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2015/06/arkansas_poised_to_...

California Schools Face Challenge of Explaining Common Core Test Results to Parents
http://edsource.org/2015/schools-face-challenge-of-explaining-common-cor...
California Rural Districts Develop Innovative Assessment Alternatives
http://www.pinerivertimes.com/article/20150604/PRT01/150609875/-1/prt/Ba...

Connecticut New Law Would Reduce Test Exhaustion for 11th Graders
http://wnpr.org/post/new-law-would-reduce-test-exhaustion-connecticuts-1...

Delaware Parents Understand Why to Opt Out
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/06/02/pare...

Florida Testing Problems Mean Fewer Third Graders Held Back
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-third-graders-readi...
Florida Too Much Testing in Schools Critics Say
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150604/ARTICLE/150609853

Idaho Test Contractor Problems Delay Score Reporting
http://www.idahoednews.org/news/isat-test-results-hit-a-series-of-delays...

Indiana District Supers Call for True Accountability, Not Reliance on ISTEP Scores
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/06/04/op-ed-bad-news-...
Indiana High-Stakes Testing To Come Under Scrutiny by Legislative Committee
http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/high-stakes-testing-to-com...

Kansas Trying to Pilot Local Assessments Under NCLB Waiver
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/06/kansas_tried_for_lo...

Louisiana SciTech Charter School Testing Irregularities
http://thelensnola.org/2015/06/03/scitech-charter-leader-let-students-ta...

Maine School Officials Say Test is Fatally Flawed
http://www.mdislander.com/maine-news/education-news/test-fatally-flawed-...
Maine House and Senate Revive Test Opt-Out Bill
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/08/politics/standardized-testing-opt-...

Massachusetts Groups Launch Week of Actions for Less Testing, More Learning
http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/get-ready-for-a-week-of-action-f...
Massachusetts Teacher Takes Stand Against Controversial Tests
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/local-teacher-takes-stand...

Michigan Is There Too Much Testing in Public Schools
http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/washtenaw-county/interview-is-there-too-...

Missouri Legislature Throws Out Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-legislature-throws...

Montana Flawed Test Cancellation May Threaten Federal School Ratings
http://helenair.com/news/education/state/schools-break-from-glitchy-test...
Montana New Bugs Further Delay Test Administration
http://ravallirepublic.com/news/state-and-regional/article_ea5ba2cd-6af8...

New Hampshire Opt Outs Drove City Participation Rate Below 95%
http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-and-nashua-miss-federal-bar-test-partici...

New Jersey Local Opt-Out Rates Approached 50%
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/montclair-parcc-opt-out-number...

New York How Standardized Testing Can Maintain the Status Quo
http://www.alternet.org/education/how-standardized-testing-reveals-stark...
New York Students Hold Hearing at State Capitol on Testing Policies
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/236290/for-students-a-lesson...
New York Judge Finds Second Version of State Teacher Licensing Test Racially Biased
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/06/nyregion/judge-rules-second-version-of...

North Carolina End of Course Tests Cause Too Much Stress, Dread
http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20150605/OPINION01/306059995?p=1&tc=pg
North Carolina Test Taking Is Not True Learning
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article23221716.html

Oklahoma Throws Out Writing Test Scores Due to Reliability Concerns
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/writing-tests-won-t-count-on-sc...
Oklahoma Questions Raised Over Quality of Temp Exam Graders
http://oklahomawatch.org/2015/06/04/concerns-raised-on-use-of-temp-agenc...

Oregon Meaningful Learning Can't Be Measured With a Standardized Test
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33117498-78/meaningful-learning-cant...

Pennsylvania Hundreds of Philly Students Opted Out of Tests This Year
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/82667-sanctions-or-success...

Rhode Island ACLU, Other Groups Petition for Public Hearings on Using PARCC Test for Graduation
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150602/NEWS/150609868/13748/NEWS
Rhode Island Listen to Teachers About Tests
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150603/OPINION/150609801/2011

Texas Teachers Give Failing Marks to New State School Grading Scheme
http://www.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2015/06/02/new-school-assessment...
Texas Houston Schools Will Scale Back Local Testing in Response to Grassroots Pressure
http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2015/06/hisd-to-scale-back-testing/

Utah Education Organization Wants to Reduce the Impact of Standardized Exams
http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_604be4cc-0b10-11e5-88...

Virginia Governor Signs Testing Reform Bills
http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Governor-Signs-SOL-Reform-Bills-3...
Virginia Parents Protest SOL Exam Volume
http://wvtf.org/post/richmond-parents-protest-sol-tests

Washington Testing Overkill Takes Toll of Parents, Students
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jun/05/thats-life-testing-takes-to...

Wyoming Testing Task Force Begins Work
http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/testing-task-force-begins-work

International SAT Cheating Scandal Broadens with Indictment of 15 Chinese Nationals
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/06/03/sat-cheat...

"High-Stakes Testing" Podcast From Humankind Radio
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/humankind-on-public-radio/id80693315...

Five Myths About Standardized Testing and the Opt-Out Movement
http://www.empowermagazine.com/5-myths-standardized-testing-opt-movement/