Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 22 - 28, 2017

School testing season begins in many states this week, and grassroots protests are exploding across the nation. To help parents, students, educators and allies build more powerful testing resistance and assessment reform campaigns FairTest has released new and updated advocacy tools

            http://fairtest.org/new-and-updated-fact-sheets

National DeVos Says States Should Decide How Much Testing is "Actually Necessary"
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2017/03/betsy_devos_states_should_decide_how_much_testing.html

California New School Assessment Tool Is an Improvement
http://napavalleyregister.com/calistogan/news/opinion/editorial/assessing-our-schools/article_dd6a9210-c764-5fb1-8263-9fbfe6289a26.html

Colorado Standardized Tests Cause Unnecessary Stress
http://www.timescall.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/ci_30880560/nikki-schlegel-standardized-tests-create-unnecessary-stress

Connecticut Say "No" to the Unfair Testing Scam
http://jonathanpelto.com/2017/03/22/say-no-unfair-common-core-sbac-testing-scam/

District of Columbia Rate What Is Important, Not Just What Is Easy to Measure
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-opinions-are-local/wp/2017/03/21/school-ratings-should-rate-whats-important-not-just-whats-easy-to-calculate/

Florida Want Fewer Tests? Change the Accountability System
https://unitedforflchildren.com/2017/03/21/want-less-tests-change-the-accountability-system/

Florida Teacher to Legislature: 37 School Days/Year Lost to Test Prep
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-teacher-37-days-test-prep-20170323-story.html

Florida Senators Ponder Direction of Testing
http://www.news4jax.com/education/senators-ponder-direction-on-school-testing

Illinois Pro-Testing Myths Put Undo Pressure on Opt-Out Parents and Kids
http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/parcc-testing-myths-put-unfair-pressure-on-parents-and-kids/

Illinois Legislative Panel Votes Against Parents on Test Opt-Out Bill
http://stateschoolnews.com/isns/032417-Panel-votes-against-parents-on-test-opt-out.htm

Illinois PARCC Test a Double-Whammy for Special Education Students
http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/parcc-test-a-double-whammy-for-cps-special-education-students/

Indiana Teacher Pay Should Not Be Determined by Test Scores
http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2017/03/25/pulliam-teacher-merit-pay-shouldnt-determined-test-scores/99457262/

Louisiana State's Test-Driven ESSA Implementation Plan Should Be Rejected
http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2017/03/john-whites-plan-for-implementation-of.html

Massachusetts Rebooted Exam Rekindles Debate About Testing
http://www.wbur.org/edify/2017/03/22/mcas-reboot

Massachusetts Updated Opt-Out Fact Sheet
http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/the-facts-on-opting-out-of-mcas-or-parcc/

Massachusetts Legislators Reconsider Standardized Testing Policies
http://homenewshere.com/middlesex_east/article_fad7a910-0f12-11e7-9f58-638bb25cb384.html

Minnesota Schools Spend Millions on Standardized Tests with "Limited" Usefulness
http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/education/4239679-report-schools-spend-millions-state-tests-limited-usefulness

Missouri Logic Behind Test-Based Scholarship Is Wrong
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/logic-behind-bright-flight-scholarships-is-flawed/article_e3d646a4-e48c-57b3-a06d-30b4e92c45d3.html

New Hampshire Parents Should Know Their Testing Rights
http://nhpoliticalbuzz.org/school-testing-time-in-nh-do-you-know-your-rights-as-a-parent/

New Jersey Governor Candidates Oppose High-Stakes Exams
http://observer.com/2017/03/jim-johnson-knocks-standardized-testing-in-nj/

New Jersey Learning Season Screeches to Halt as Testing Season Begins
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2017/03/21/commentary-learning-screeches-halt-parcc-season-starts/99478878/

New Jersey PARCC Test Is Back, Impacts Unclear
http://www.nj.com/education/2017/03/parcc_testing_is_back_monday_and_the_stakes_are_higher_in_nj.html

New York Opt-Out Movement Accelerates as State Pushes Tests
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2017/03/20/opt-out-continues-state-pushes-tests-view/99391668/

New York Teachers, Parents Say "Know Your Rights" About Testing, Opting Out
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/central-ny/education/2017/03/21/teachers-parents-know-your-rights-standardized-testing-rochester-education.html

New York Dropping Teacher "Literacy" Test Was Right Move
https://www.the74million.org/article/arons-3-reasons-why-new-york-was-right-to-drop-its-teacher-literacy-test

North Carolina House Bill Would Eliminate More Standardized Exams
http://www.wcti12.com/news/state/more-standardized-final-exams-would-go-away-in-house-bill_/407256041

Ohio Schools Prepare for New Grad Testing Options
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170321/columbus-schools-preparing-for-new-graduation-testing-options

Ohio More Districts Express Concern About Over-Testing
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/anderson-township/2017/03/22/column-district-concerned-testing/99135002/

Ohio Some Educators Challenge Fairness of Computerized Testing
http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170323/some-ohio-educators-question-fairness-of-computer-required-testing

Pennsylvania High-Stakes Testing in Limbo
http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/keystone-exams-a-work-in-progress-1.2172852

Texas Education Leaders Weigh In on Changes to A to F School Grading System
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/local-education/texas-educators-weigh-proposed-changes-school-grades/bd2hGFn2iWmQoHB0YAb1DL/

Texas Schools Brace for Testing Season Hoping to Avoid Another Mess
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2017/03/24/texas-braces-another-staar-testing-season-hoping-avoid-last-years-mess

Worth Reading Black Students Thrive in Performance Assessment Consortium Schools That Promote Discussion, Slash Testing  
http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/03/22/schools-nyc-consortium-promote-discussions-slash-testing-black-students-thriving/

Worth Reading The Joy of Opting Out of Standardized Testing
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/the-joy-of-opting-out-of-standardized-testing/

Worth Viewing "Let's Opt Out Again, Like We Did Last Year"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=87&v