Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 27 - June 2, 2015

Across the U.S., there has been no let up in grassroots pressure for meaningful assessment reforms at both the national, state and district levels as the final month of the public school year gets underway.

National Time for Civil Rights Establishment to Rethink Its Position on Annual Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2015/05/annual_accountabil...
Support Senator Tester's Amendment to End Federal Standardized Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Arizona Parents Tell State Superintendent Testing Overkill is Main Educational Problem
http://svherald.com/content/sierra-vista-news/2015/05/30/396469

Arkansas Governor's Advisory Panel Takes Testimony on State Assessment Policy
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2015/may/26/panel-on-exams-takes-next-step...

California Standardized Testing Scores May Spark Backlash
http://www.govtech.com/education/California-Standardized-Testing-Scores-...

Colorado Problems with the PARCC Test
http://blogs.denverpost.com/eletters/2015/05/31/trouble-with-parcc-testi...

Connecticut Legislators Announce Plan to Eliminate 11th Grade Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Lawmakers-Hope-to-Scrap-SBAC-Te...

Delaware PTA Supports Opt-Out Legislation
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/05/31/trut...

Florida A Teachable Moment for Class Clowns Who Botched School Testing
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/romano-a-teachable-moment-for...
Florida Hiatus on Test-Based Retention is a Good Start
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-lombardo/floridas-hiatus-on-third-...
Time to Eliminate High-Stakes Testing Across Florida
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/2015/05/29/time-eliminate-high-...

Indiana Don't Call the Ruin of Public Schools Education "Reform"
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/columnists/dave-bangert/2015/05/29...

Louisiana Charter School Leaders Resign After Questions About Testing Procedure
http://thelensnola.org/2015/06/01/scitech-academys-two-leaders-quit-amid...

Maryland Educators Call for End to PARCC Testing, Not Just a Reduction
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-parcc-testing-201505...
Maryland Voters Express Frustration with State Standardized Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/maryland-voters-express-...

Massachusetts Teachers Seek Freeze on High-Stakes Exams
http://www.telegram.com/article/20150526/NEWS/150529352
Some Parents Give PARCC Test a Failing Grade
http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_28223784/some-parents-give-p...

Michigan Former State Legislator Urges Families to Opt Out
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/muskegon/index.ssf/2015/05/guest_column_for...

Mississippi Third Grade Promotion Test on Trial
http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2015/may/27/tests-trial/

Minnesota Most Teachers Say Computer Testing Problems Affected Scores
http://www.knuj.net/2015/06/majority-of-educators-say-mca-scores-affecte...

Missouri 64% of Teachers Say Public School Students Are Over-Tested
http://www.kfvs12.com/story/29168731/survey-64-percent-say-mo-students-a...
Missouri State Ed Dept Considers Fining CTB/McGraw Hill for Score Reporting Delay
http://www.bransontrilakesnews.com/news_story/article_370442d4-062a-11e5...

Montana 4th Graders Detail Over-Testing to U.S. Senators
http://mtstandard.com/news/local/th-graders-give-tester-juneau-earful-ab...

New Hampshire About Half of Nashua Juniors Opt Out Of Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150529/NEWS04/150539978

New Jersey Newark School Test Protesters Praised
http://localtalknews.com/newark/education/2142-school-marchers-praised-f...

New York Regents Assail Pro-Testing Rhetoric
http://libn.com/2015/05/26/reading-writing-and-reality-regents-assail-te...
New York City Field Exams Fail the Logic Test
http://citylimits.org/2015/05/26/nyc-students-face-field-exams-that-fail...
"You Know They Opted Out on Broadway," a la Billy Joel
http://www.livingindialogue.com/from-around-the-web-opting-out-a-la-bill...

North Carolina Local School Board Airs Testing Concerns
http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x219732815/School-board-tackles-testing-co...

Ohio Considers Cuts in Student Testing Requirements
http://www.nbc4i.com/story/29160716/student-testing-changes-proposed

Oregon New School Tests Strain Key School Resources: Time and Money
http://www.opb.org/news/series/testing/new-exams-strain-key-school-resou...
Oregon Exams Cause Varying Degrees of Stress Across State's Schools
http://www.opb.org/news/series/testing/testing-1-2-3-attitudes-approache...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Suspending Keystone Grad Test
http://wnep.com/2015/05/28/lawmakers-mull-putting-a-hold-on-keystone-exams/

Rhode Island Activist Summit for Children and Public Schools
http://www.rifuture.org/an-activist-summit-for-children-and-public-schoo...

South Carolina New Play Explores Problems of "No Child" Education Policies
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150601/PC2106/150609954/1093/-x2...

South Dakota Some Families Refuse New Exams
http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2015/05/31/test-dodging-...

Tennessee State Officials Apologize to Educators for Test Score "Miscommunication"
http://tn.chalkbeat.org/2015/05/28/state-officials-apologize-to-educator...
Tennessee Groups Call for Testing Transparency
http://columbiadailyherald.com/news/local-news/groups-call-testing-trans...

Washington Testing Cutting Into Learning Time
http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/testing-cutting-into-class-time/
Washington Moving Toward Suspending Science Grad Test
http://tdn.com/news/state-and-regional/washington/house-passes-testing-r...

The Testing Circus: Whose Fault Is It?
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-testing-circus-whose-faul...

States Should Ditch Use of Cut Scores on New Tests
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/06/03/states-should-ditch-cut-sco...

The Fallacy Behind High-Stakes Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/the-fallacy-behind-highst_b_74...