Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 13 - 19, 2015

The end of the 2014-2015 school year is drawing near, but the movement to roll back standardized exam overkill has not slowed for a moment. Both in Washington DC and in dozens of state capitals the pressure from grassroots testing reformers is forcing policymakers to debate proposals to reduce testing overuse, eliminate some high-stakes consequences and stop penalizing students who opt out.  At the same time, the volume of commentaries supporting real assessment reform is growing rapidly.

U.S. Write Your Senators to Support Less Testing, No More High-Stakes
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Arizona Students Who Failed AIMS Test Getting Retroactive High School Diplomas
http://kjzz.org/content/139559/former-arizona-high-school-students-who-f...
The (Not So) Soft Bigotry of High-Stakes Testing in Arizona
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/05/12/the-soft-and-no...

California Schools' Computer Testing Agony
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/05/12/this_high_school_stud...
California Moves Closer to a New School Accountability System
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2015/05/one_step_closer_to_...

Connecticut Teachers Vote to Support School Test Opt Outs
http://blog.ctnews.com/education/2015/05/18/teachers-union-allow-opt-outs/
Connecticut Should Say "No" to Smarter Balanced Tests
http://blog.ctnews.com/kantrowitz/2015/05/12/say-no-to-sbac/

Florida Another Morning of Computer Glitches Adds to Testing Woes
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/another-morning-of-glitch...
Citrus County School Board Calls on Governor to Suspend Testing Consequences
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/citrus-school-board-calls-on-gov...

Illinois Mistakes Made with Test-Based Teacher Evaluation in Chicago
http://catalyst-chicago.org/2015/05/mistakes-made-with-teacher-evaluatio...
Illinois Legislature Still Considering Opt-Out Bill
http://chicago.suntimes.com/education/7/71/616873/opt-out-bill-parcc-hou...

Indiana Test Graders' Credentials Questioned
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/05/12/opinion-whos-grading-the-kids-sta...
New Indiana Test Vendor Already in Hot Water
http://indianapublicmedia.org/stateimpact/2015/05/14/indianas-test-vendo...

Louisiana Test Overkill Fatigue
http://www.ktbs.com/story/29074449/test-fatigue-may-be-driving-some-anti...

Maine Testing Opt Out, Assessment Reform Movement Hits Legislature
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/11/news/state/testing-opt-out-movemen...
Maine Moves to End Smarter Balanced Testing
https://bangordailynews.com/2015/05/18/politics/state-house/panel-votes-...

Maryland State Commission to Investigate Time Devoted to Testing
http://www.wbaltv.com/education/group-to-determine-if-students-are-overt...

Michigan Students Say New State Exam is Way Too Long
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/05/14/michigan-mstep...

Minnesota Testing Suspended Again After Another Computer Administration Disruption
http://www.startribune.com/state-suspends-testing-after-more-problems-wi...
Minnesota Teachers Want Scores Thrown Out After Repeated Computer Test SNAFUs
http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_28106769/minnesota-student-testin...

Mississippi Time to Rethink Third Grade Promotion Test
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2015/may/13/time-rethink-third-grad...

Missouri Testing Misuses Students to Evaluate Teachers and Schools
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/mailbag/testing-involves-state-sanc...

Nevada Testing Firm Blames Rushed Common Core Implementation for Computer Exam Admin Problems
http://lasvegassun.com/news/2015/may/15/testing-firm-chief-shifts-blame-...

New Hampshire Legislature Sends Governor Bill Allowing Test Opt Outs
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150514/NEWS0621/150519436

New Jersey Bill to Restrict Use of Standardized Exams Continues to Advance
http://politickernj.com/2015/05/bill-to-restrict-use-of-standardized-tes...
N.J. Senate Leaders Block Action on Test Moratorium, Opt-Out Bills, Will Consider Other Reforms
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/05/nj_senate_wont_consider_parcc_opt-ou...

New York 70 School Board Candidates Supported by Long Island Opt Out
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/number-of-school-board-candidates-opp...

North Carolina School Grading System Deserves an "F"
http://www.robesonian.com/news/opinion-opinion_columns/153446612/School-...

North Dakota New Smarter Balanced Computerized Testing Has Many Problems
http://www.watfordcitynd.com/?id=10&nid=3214

Ohio House Overwhelmingly Votes to Reduce State Testing
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/05/13/state-testing-o...
Ohio Urban School Leaders Want to Cut Back Testing Time
http://www.wksu.org/news/story/42959

Oregon One in Seven Portland Juniors Skipped Common Core Exams
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/05/latest_stats_show_...
Oregon Standardized Test Participation Not Tied to Test Participation
http://koin.com/2015/05/18/standardized-testing-not-tied-to-school-funding/

Pennsylvania Students Opt Out of State Keystone Exams
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150514_Some_Phila__students_opt...
Pennsylvania Students "MoreThanaTest" Photo Campaign
http://www.otlcampaign.org/blog/2015/05/06/students-speak-out-against-hi...

Rhode Island NAACP, ACLU Urge Districts to Hold Off on Using PARCC Tests for Graduation
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150513/NEWS/150519693/14111

Texas Study Finds College Readiness Declines When Public Schools Focus on Test Scores
http://phys.org/news/2015-05-college-readiness-declines-school-focus.html
Texas Assessment Contract Awarded to Educational Testing Service Over Pearson
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20150518-test-firm-pe...

Virginia SOL Exams Disrupted by Pearson Computer Testing Problems
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/15/virginia-...
Virginia Parents Say ""No" to Standardized Tests
http://wric.com/2015/05/13/richmond-parents-say-no-to-standardized-tests/

Washington State Education Leaders Should Be Required to Take Smarter Balanced Tests
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/17/leaders-should-take-test/

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill to Skip Test-Based School Report Cards
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/05/13/wisconsin-assembly-passes-b...
Wisconsin More Changes on the Way for State-Mandated Standardized Testing
http://fox11online.com/2015/05/12/changes-on-the-way-for-state-standardi...

Canada Province-Wide Tests Cancelled in Ontario After Teacher Job Action
http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2015/05/14/teacher-strike-s...

U.S. Law Schools Dropping LSAT Testing Requirement for Top Applicants
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-19/more-law-schools-drop-...

Why High-Stakes Testing Does Not Promote Civil Rights and Social Justice
http://cloakinginequity.com/2015/05/13/discussing-testing-accountability...

Happiness is a Post-Standardized Test World
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2015/05/happiness_p...

The Case Against Standardized Testing
http://harvardpolitics.com/united-states/case-standardized-testing/

Two Important Test Questions
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/two-important-test-questi_b_7...

Education is Harmful When You Measure the Wrong Things
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-nelson/education-is-harmful-when-you...

Good News, We Can Cancel Tests Now Because Demographics Accurately Results
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/05/good-news-we-can-cancel-tests...