Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 26 - April 1, 2014

With each passing week, there are more and more stories about the growing high-stakes testing resistance movement.  Help ensure reporters, allies and policy-makers know about your local protest activities by posting them on the national map at:    http:/www.resistthetest.org

Opt Out to Say "Enough is Enough" on Student Testing
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/03/31/should-parents-opt-out-of-school-testing/say-enough-is-enough-on-student-testing

FairTest Opt-Out Resources
http://www.fairtest.org/get-involved/opting-out

Many Glitches Disrupt California Computerized Exam
http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20140329/NEWS01/303290036/Common-Core-testing-lot-problems-reports-Santa-Rita

Stamford, Connecticut Board Allows Common Core Pilot Test Opt Out
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Extra-test-gets-Stamford-school-board-heated-5355954.php

Dissecting DC Schools Phony Claims of Academic Progress
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNk3iknKYt8&list=UUO0TLew_eanCz5XjAG78RdA

Florida VAM Assessment of Teachers Adds No Value
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/point-of-view-vam-adds-no-value-for-florida-teache/nfM8y/

Chicago, Illinois, Parents Irate That School Officials Questioned Children Who Opted-Out
http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140325/bucktown/drummond-school-parents-angry-about-isat-probe-explore-legal-action

Computer Problems Delay Kansas Common Core Test
http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/30/4926356/kansas-education-officials-extend.html

Massachusetts Teacher Who Quit Over Testing Interviewed on Today Show (with Michelle Rhee)
http://www.today.com/moms/teacher-quits-over-school-emphasis-standardized-tests-prep-2D79439972

Educators Give Students Option to Skip Common Core Pilot Tests
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/regionals/north/2014/03/29/parcc-testing-for-students-raises-concerns-peabody-north-reading-and-revere/b5NjStpsLtTzHd90DsvQBP/story.html#

Technical Challenges for Mass. Computerized Testing
http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x1387895484/Area-schools-testing-new-standardized-exam-but-issues-administering-it-loom

Many Harlem Students Plan to Opt Out
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/03/27/some-nyc-parents-say-their-kids-are-opting-out-of-common-core-tests/

Majority of Students at Brooklyn School Will Opt Out
http://www.ny1.com/content/news/205924/majority-of-students-at-one-brooklyn-school-to-sit-out-state-standardized-tests

NYC Chancellor to Principals: Respect Families' Decisions to Opt Out
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/03/28/respect-the-parents-decision-to-opt-out-of-tests-city-principals-are-told/

Parents Stage Great American Opt Out Rally
http://longisland.news12.com/news/parents-stage-great-american-opt-out-at-comsewogue-high-school-ahead-of-common-core-exams-1.7545557?qr=1

New York Politicians Defend Standardized Tests As Movement Against Them Grows
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/movement-standardized-testing-growing-article-1.1736703

Ohio Schools Expect Higher Costs, Confusion From Third-Grade Test Retention
http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20140326/NEWS01/303260006/Schools-looking-higher-costs-confusion-third-grade-reading-tests-hold-kids-back

Oklahoma Protest Rally Draws 25,000
http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-20834-teacher-rally-at-sta.html

Pennsylvania Youth Voice: Don't Define Me By Standardized Test Scores
http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140328/OPINION08/303289994/0/OPINION16

Why We're Skipping the Pennsylvania State Tests
http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/inquirer/20140401_Skipping_the_PSSA.html#HWGVrUksehWQ4XpF.99

Rhode Island Teachers Union Seeks End to Exit Exam, Moratorium on Common Core Assessments
http://wpri.com/2014/03/25/the-buzz-union-wants-to-end-necap/

South Carolina Students Take 60+ Standardized Tests
http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/03/30/3026373/education-testing-day-2.html

South Carolina Testing Overkill Causes Collateral Damage
http://www.islandpacket.com/2014/03/29/3026354/education-testing-day-1.html

Tennessee Lawsuit Against "Value-Added" Teacher Evaluation Claims "No Rational Basis" for State Policy
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/28/27tennessee.h33.html

Texas Testing Monstrosity Warps Education
http://www.wacotrib.com/opinion/columns/guest_columns/jennifer-massey-guest-columnist-test-oriented-teaching-monstrosity-staar-warps/article_f0ba0d06-5640-588c-899e-fa9b14685ffc.html

How the Texas Testing Bubble Was Popped -- Dallas Morning News Series
http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/2014_March/standardized_tests/part1/
http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/2014_March/standardized_tests/part2/
http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/2014_March/standardized_tests/part3/
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140329-eyes-on-texas-for-test-strategy.ece

If Not Testing, Then What?
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20140331-if-not-testing-then-what.ece

Thousands of Texas Parents Opt Their Children Out of State Testing
http://kxan.com/2014/03/26/thousands-of-parents-opt-out-of-staar-testing-for-their-kids/

Vermont Editorial: Negative Consequences of Standardized Tests
http://www.reformer.com/opinion/ci_25435787/negative-consequences-standardized-tests

Virginia Parent Explains Opt-Out Decision
http://www.wsls.com/story/25100897/roanoke-city-parent-opts-child-out-of-sol-test

New Virginia State Superintendent Promises Testing System Overhaul
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/31/new-virginia-education-superintendent-advocated-for-less-testing/

Millions of Kids Nationally Being Used as Common Core Testing Guinea Pigs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/27/march-madness-millions-of-kids-being-used-as-common-core-testing-guinea-pigs/

More Questions About Common Core Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2014/03/three_practical_questions_about_parcc_sbac_testing.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3

FairTest Fact Sheet -- Common Core Assessments: Myths and Realities
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Diane Ravitch Interviewed by Bill Moyers
http://billmoyers.com/episode/public-schools-for-sale/

Visit an Alternative School Instead of Taking Tests
http://www.educationrevolution.org/store/optoutoptions/

Post Your Reactions to Common Core Pilot Tests
http://testingtalk.org/

Foul Shots in the Classroom: A Fable
http://ctmirror.org/op-ed-foul-shots-in-the-classroom-a-fable/

Poverty Explains 46% of PISA Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/assessing_the_assessments/2014/03/poverty_PISA_scores.html

High-Stakes Tests Don't Help Kids Think
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/03/25/opinion-high-stakes-help-kids-think/6898521/

Help Slay the Testing Beast
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/03/26/Slay-the-testing-beast/stories/201403260004

Only 37% of Americans Think SAT Test Should Be Required for College Admissions
http://www.sys-con.com/node/3031161