Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 20 - 26, 2015

More victories for the assessment reform movement this week as activists move into the policy and electoral arenas: the PARCC consortium votes to reduce testing time; Florida suspends high-stakes for end-of-course exams; Colorado's governor signs compromise legislation, Wisconsin blocks test-based teacher assessment, and New Yorkers elect many allies to school boards.

National Keep Grassroots Pressure on U.S. Senate to Roll Back Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres
Federal Opt-Out Bill Filed in Congress
http://reed.house.gov/press-release/reed-delauro-testing-%E2%80%9Copt-ou...

Alaska Seeks Educators for Test Review
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/state-seeks-educators-for-test-...

California Governor Calls for "Balanced" Approach to Testing, Accountability
http://edsource.org/2015/gov-brown-calls-for-balanced-approach-to-testin...

Colorado Governor Signs Bill That Modestly Reduces Testing Time
http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-signs-bills-that-reduce-time-colorado-st...

Connecticut Most Teachers Say New Test is a Waste of Time
http://blog.ctnews.com/education/2015/05/20/most-teachers-say-new-state-...

Delaware Legislators Oppose Governor's Emphasis on Testing
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/05/24/lawmakers-...

Florida State Testing Turmoil Continues as High Stakes Suspended for End-of-Course Math Exams
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-education/state-te...
Florida Testing Failures: Let Us Count the Ways
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/floridas-testing-failures-let...

Illinois Should Let Parents Call the Shots on PARCC Test Opt Outs
http://chicago.suntimes.com/editorials-opinion/7/71/625676/editorial-par...

Maine One Student Testing Battle Won, But the War Continues
http://www.theforecaster.net/news/print/2015/05/25/right-view-student-te...

Maryland Students Will Take Fewer Tests Next Year
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/bs-md-parcc-changes-...

Massachusetts Teachers Have No Voice in Testing, So Why Should They Support It?
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_ahead/2015/05/why-would-teache...

New Hampshire Seeks More Testing Flexibility for School Districts
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150521/NEWS0621/150529719

New Jersey Victory for Testing Reformers Over Testing Time
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/education/in-our-schools/2015/...
New Jersey Should Not Count PARCC Scores While Fixes Unfold
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/05/26/editorial-count-p...

New Mexico Teachers Burn Test-Based Evaluations
http://www.abqjournal.com/587949/news/aps-teachers-burn-their-evals.html

New York Opt-Out Becomes Statewide Rallying Cry
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/nyregion/opt-out-movement-against-comm...
New York May Back Down on Exam Field Tests After Boycott Spreads
http://libn.com/2015/05/20/after-boycott-spreads-state-may-back-down-on-...
New York Test Refusers Win Many School Board Seats
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/parentsandthepublic/2015/05/test_refusal_...

Ohio Teacher to Lawmakers: How Testing Fixation Sucks Life Out of School Day
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/05/22/teacher-t...
Ohio Advice for Legislature: Testing is Not Teaching
http://highlandcountypress.com/main.asp?SectionID=4&SubSectionID=22&Arti...

Oklahoma Extends Exemptions to Third-Grade Reading Promotion Test
http://kgou.org/post/legislature-approves-extension-reading-test-exemptions

Pennsylvania Teacher Stands Tall in Refusing to Administer State Test
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/05/23/Pittsburgh-teacher...
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2015/05/25/Gary-Rotstein-s-Mo...

Texas STAAR Tests Were Blocking Graduation for 10% of Students
http://keranews.org/post/staar-tests-still-holding-back-10-percent-texas...

Virginia Computerized Exams Interrupted Three Times by Pearson Testing System Problems
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/va-testing-interrupted-thr...

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Ensuring This Year's Test Scores Are Not Used Against Teachers or Schools
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/f4ab19d2f1a949c790cd9b554a4e96be/W...

Global Policy Report: Reduce Emphasis on Testing to Promote Student Success
http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/05/26/global-policy-report-093/

Radar Shows Blowback Against Test-Heavy School Policies
http://johnyoungcolumn.blogspot.com/2015/05/radar-shows-blowback-against...

Q & A With Sir Ken Robinson: "If I had a kid in school right now, I think I would be opting out, too."
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/05/20/qa-with-sir-ken-robinson.html

Accountability From Above Never Works
http://www.salon.com/2015/05/24/education_reformers_have_it_all_wrong_ac...

Poverty, Family Stress Are Thwarting Student Success, Top Teachers Say
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/poverty-family-stress-are-...

Allegheny College Joins 850+ Other Schools in Dropping ACT/SAT Testing Requirements
http://sites.allegheny.edu/news/2015/05/22/allegheny-college-admissions-...