Testing Resistance & Reform News: Mach 23 - 29, 2016

As the standardized exam season gets underway in many states, this week's "Testing Resistance & Reform News" includes many excellent examples of testing resistance campaign materials from across the nation. Also, be sure to check-out and use FairTest's tools for getting involved in assessment reform -- http://fairtest.org/get_involved/tools

National How a Grassroots Revolt Against Testing May Change Education Policy
http://cloakinginequity.com/2016/03/25/the-progressive-magazine-how-a-gr...
National Status Quo Defenders Launch  Phony "Test-Takers Bill of Rights"
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2016/03/tetbetter-bill-of-rights.html
National Reach of PARCC & Smarter Balanced Tests Drops Sharply
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2016/03/Reach_of_PARCC_Smarter...

Multiple States State-by-State Testing Database for 2015-2016
http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/state-testing-an-interactive...
Multiple States Testing Resistance Events and Actions Directory
http://www.fairtest.org/testing-resistance
Multiple States Responding to "Bully Letters" -- No You Cannot Test My Child
http://danielskatz.net/2016/02/25/no-you-cannot-test-my-child/

Alabama Don't Link Teacher Evaluation to Testing
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20160324/NEWS/160329919

California Why High School Exit Exams Are Worthless
http://www.livingindialogue.com/high-school-exit-exams-not-student-worth...

Colorado State Should Reject Civics/Citizenship Grad Test Mandate
http://www.a-teachers-view.blogspot.com/2016/03/colorado-should-reject.html

Delaware State Ed Dept Postpones New Science Test Implementation
http://www.doverpost.com/article/20160323/NEWS/160329925

Florida Model Opt-Out Toolbox
https://theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com/opt-out-toolbox/
Florida Superintendent Calls for Less Testing
http://www.abc-7.com/story/31553127/lee-co-superintendent-calls-for-less...
Florida District Adopts Test Opt-Out "Best Practices" In Response to Grassroots Pressure
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/03/24/lcs-adopt-best-practice...

Georgia Legislature Sends School Testing Overhaul Bill to Governor
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/school-testing-overhaul-l...

Hawaii State Receives Grant Funding for Culturally Accurate Assessments
http://bigislandnow.com/2016/03/23/doe-receives-grant-funding-for-cultur...

Illinois PARCC Test Opt-Out Materials From More Than a Score
http://morethanascorechicago.org/take-action/park-the-parcc-resources/
Illinois PARCC and Real Live Children
http://mskatiesramblings.blogspot.com/2016/03/parcc-and-real-live-childr...
Illinois Chicago Schools Lack Coherent Opt-Out Policy
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/parcc-test-no-opt-out-policy/

Indiana State Scraps Exam; Replacement Will Face Political Test
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2016/03/27/indiana-scraps-i...

Massachusetts "Less Testing, More Learning" Campaign Materials
http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/less-testing-more-learning-ma-ca...

Minnesota Bill for More Testing Transparency Has Rare Bipartisan Support
http://www.twincities.com/2016/03/24/making-minnesota-student-testing-mo...

Mississippi State Misses Own Deadline for Correcting Error-Filled Practice Tests
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/story/news/education/2016/03/24/educa...

New Hampshire State Legislators Consider Opt-Out Policy
http://nhpr.org/post/opt-out-debate-should-students-have-take-standardiz...

New Jersey Save Our Schools Resources for Refusing the PARCC
http://www.saveourschoolsnj.org/refusing-parcc-test/
New Jersey Parents and Educators Gear Up for Opt Outs
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/03/27/considering-opting-out-of-pa...
New Jersey Stories About Standardized Testing Require More Context
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/03/25/letter-standardized-...

New York State Allies for Public Education "Refusing The Test" Resources
http://www.nysape.org/resources.html
Grassroots Activists Call for Passage of Assessment Reform Package
http://www.nysape.org/nysape-pr-support-new-ed-legislation.html
New York Opt-Out Movement Picks Up Momentum for Spring Tests
http://13wham.com/news/local/opt-out-movement-picks-up-momentum-for-spri...
New York Test "Improvements" Are Illusory
http://citylimits.org/2016/03/24/cityviews-as-standardized-tests-loom-im...

Ohio Letter Writer Says Parents Should "Refuse the Tests"
http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/opinion/2016/03/23/letter-writer-says-pare...
Ohio Superintendents Criticize State Testing System
http://www.the-news-leader.com/news%20local/2016/03/23/summit-county-sup...
Ohio State Should Abandon School Grading Report Cards
http://highlandcountypress.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=22&Arti...

Oregon Schools End Test-Based Teacher Bonuses
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/4159474-151/story.html?referrer=b...

Pennsylvania Growing Number of Parents Opting Children Out of State Tests
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/growing-number-of-parents-opting-childr...
Parents Get Opt-Out Information at Organizing Meeting
http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/parents-get-info-on-opt-out-op...
Pennsylvania Parents Briefed About Legal Opt-Out Rights Under State Law
http://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/education/2016/03/23/group...

Tennessee School Board Questions Validity of State Exams
http://www.dnj.com/story/news/2016/03/22/murfreesboro-school-board-slams...

Texas Opt-Out Movement Gears Up to Boycott Spring Exams
http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2016/03/28/142798/housto...
Texas Our Children Deserve Better Than More Flawed Testing
http://withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com/2016/03/texas-children-deserve-b...

Utah Governor Signs Bill Removing Student Test Scores From Teacher Evaluations
http://www.good4utah.com/news/local-news/gov-signs-bill-to-strike-sage-t...

Washington Parents Should Opt Their Children Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/mar/29/letter-opt-out-of-high-stakes-...

Wisconsin Despite Testing Requirement, Many Students Opt Out
http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/despite-testing-requirement-many-a...

Wyoming State Seeks Delay of Speaking and Listening Tests
http://billingsgazette.com/statewide-speaking-and-listening-tests-unlike...

International British Teachers Vote to Boycott Primary Grade Tests That Hurt Children
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teachers-call-primary-school-exams-...

ACT/SAT Willamette University Faculty Counsel Unanimously Adopts Test-Optional Admission
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2016/03/willamette_univers...
ACT/SAT FairTest Directory of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

GRE George Washington Ed School Considers More Test-Optional Admissions
http://www.gwhatchet.com/2016/03/23/education-school-considers-more-gre-...

The Fatal Flaw of Educational Assessment
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/03/23/the-fatal-flaw-of-education...