Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 21 - 28, 2014

The 2013-2014 school year may be winding down but Testing Resistance & Reform Spring actions activity continues to accelerate.  Remember that back issues of these weekly news summaries are archived at http://fairtest.org/news

Local Delaware School Board Pursues Opt-Out Policy
http://www.doverpost.com/article/20140522/NEWS/140529891/10082/NEWS

Florida Kindergarten and First Grade Teachers Question Standardized Testing Plan
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-kindergarten-first-grade-teachers-question-testing-plans/2180712
Graduation Test Trips Up Most Florida English Language Learners
http://staugustine.com/news/florida-news/2014-05-26/fcat-reading-test-can-spoil-graduations-english-language-learners#.U4MpuLGiUng

Teaching and Learning Corrupted by Georgia End of Course Tests
http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2014/may/24/what-good-teaching-student-helps-teacher-realize-a/

Kansas Investigates Test Score Validity After Computer Administration Problems
http://cjonline.com/news/2014-05-21/officials-check-whether-2014-state-testing-data-valid

"Test Score Gate" in Louisiana
http://crazycrawfish.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/test-score-gate-for-john-white-failure-was-not-an-option/

One-Shot Tests Fail Maine Students
https://bangordailynews.com/2014/05/25/opinion/not-all-evaluations-are-created-equal-how-maine-is-failing-its-students/

Massachusetts School Rankings Beget Fuzzy Math
http://www.telegram.com/article/20140523/COLUMN44/305239900

Minnesota Parents Resist Test Misuse and Overuse
http://www.southernminn.com/faribault_daily_news/opinion/guest_columns/article_fef745da-c29f-5b79-b9ed-64825397147a.html

Missouri Uses Flawed Test Data to Punish Poor, Minority Students
http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/columns/missouri-uses-flawed-data-to-penalize-poor-minority-students/article_fd33baf3-1871-5209-8697-8aa902fb94e7.html

Local New Jersey School Board Joins National Testing Protest
http://essexnewsdaily.com/news/bloomfield/boe-joins-national-protest-against-standardized-tests

Some New Mexico Teachers Burn Their Test-Based Evaluations
http://krqe.com/2014/05/26/taos-teachers-burn-their-evaluations/

Many New York State School Districts Boycott Pearson Field Tests
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/05/21/many-new-york-districts-are-boycotting-pearson-field-tests/
New Yorkers Rally Against Test-Driven Privatization
http://www.alternet.org/education/how-free-market-education-reformers-captured-civil-rights-narrative

North Carolina Warns Schools About Problems With Online Tests
http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/22/3462324/nc-warns-about-problems-with-online.html
Families Launch North Carolina Opt-Out Movement
http://www.thestate.com/2014/05/25/3466561/a-few-nc-parents-plan-to-refuse.html

Oklahoma Legislators Override Governor's Veto to Allow Alternatives to Third Grade Promotion Test
http://www.edmondsun.com/local/x1760073731/Lawmakers-override-Fallin-to-rewrite-literacy-rules

Limits on Testing Will Save Pennsylvania Schools Millions
http://www.dailylocal.com/social-affairs/20140504/limits-on-exams-will-save-money-dinniman

Providence School Board Supports Waivers to Rhode Island Grad-Test Requirement
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140527-providence-school-board-votes-to-issue-broad-waivers-for-200-seniors-to-graduate.ece

Unlikely Tennessee Allies Unite to Fight Test-Driven School Changes
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/27/us/unlikely-allies-uniting-to-fight-school-changes.html

Texas Superintendents Push Back Against Test-Driven Education
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140521-superintendents-push-back-against-staar-before-latest-results.ece
Time to Dump Texas' Testing System and Find a Better Way to Assess
http://www.news-journal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-time-to-dump-the-test-find-a-better-way/article_46786766-b7db-5efc-828f-b617261a10b3.html

Roanoke, Virginia Parents Rally Against State-Mandated Exams
http://www.roanoke.com/news/schools/gathering-in-roanoke-mobilizes-against-sols/article_1021564a-e095-11e3-b3a0-001a4bcf6878.html

New Documentary Chronicles Teacher Boycott of Washington State Tests
http://youtu.be/c_vKxvNysnU

Require Parents to "Opt In" Before Their Children Can Be Tested
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-goering/standardized-test-opt-out-movement_b_5347225.html

Way Past Time to Overhaul NCLB, "One of the Most Poorly Constructed Laws of Its Time"
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-nclb-20140526-story.html

Let's Stop Measuring Fish By How Well They Climb Trees
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/24/lets-stop-measuring-fish-by-how-well-they-climb-trees/

Test-Based Grade Retention Does Not Help Kids
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/05/21/32stipek.h33.html

Common Core Testing Landscape Fragments
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/05/21/32assessment_ep.h33.html

Portfolios Are Next Wave of Student Assessment
http://createquity.com/2013/12/portfolios-next-wave-student-assessment.html

Lawyers Run the Legal Profession, Doctors Run Medicine, Why Don't Teachers Run Education?
http://www.laep.org/2014/05/19/lawyers-run-the-legal-profession-doctors-run-the-medical-profession-why-dont-teachers-run-education/

The Lighter Side of Teacher Evaluation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGcDcgj9vbU&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop