Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 29 - June 3, 2014

Another week of accelerating protests against high-stakes testing. If you find these news summaries useful for your assessment reform work, please contribute to help FairTest http://tinyurl.com/supportfairtest as suggested by Michelle Fine in her acceptance speech at last week's "Heroes in Education" awards presentation          
http://www.fairtest.org/michelle-fines-talk-fairtests-heroes-education-awa

RIP: When Maya Angelou Blasted Obama-Duncan Education Policy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/28/when-maya-angelou-blasted-obamas-school-reform-policies/

Opposition to Common Core Testing is No Joke
http://jasonstanford.org/?p=860

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

Education Accountability We Can Believe In
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/05/30-1

Arizona Withdraws From PARCC Testing Group
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2014/05/30/arizona-withdraws-parcc-testing-group/9773249/

More Skip New Connecticut Standardized Tests
http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/30737/more-skip-new-standardized-tests/

"New" Florida Tests, Same-Old Misuses
http://opinionzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/05/29/are-you-glad-the-public-school-systems-fcat-exams-are-gone/ 

Testing the Kansas Tests
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/may/30/editorial-testing-test/

Kentucky Students Succeed Without Tests
http://wutc.org/post/kentucky-students-succeed-without-tests

Massachusetts Students Seek Payment for Being Testing "Guinea Pigs"
http://ipswich.wickedlocal.com/article/20140529/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/140525758/12423/NEWS

Ludlow, Massachusetts, School Board Blasts Torrent of Testing Mandates
http://superintendentlps.blogspot.com/

New Mexico Students Use End-of-Course Essay to Blast State Testing Policy
http://krqe.com/2014/06/02/students-slam-the-state-in-exam-essay/

New York Families Opt Out of Field Tests
http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140528/prospect-heights/parents-boycotting-standardized-test-for-prospect-heights-third-graders

Some New York Districts Refuse to Administer Pearson Field Tests
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/2014/06/02/school-districts-nix-field-tests/9895867/

New York Teachers Union Backs Districts Opting Out of Field Tests
http://www.nysut.org/news/2014/may/nysut-calls-for-end-to-field-tests-supports-districts-opting-out

Opt-Out Backed Candidates Win NY School Board Seats
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/21-candidates-backed-by-long-island-opt-out-win-school-board-seats-1.8187631

North Carolina Standardized Testing Needs an Overhaul
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2014/05/31/nancy-williams-standardized-testing-needs-overhaul/9812801/

Schools Say Oklahoma Writing Test Scores Deeply Flawed
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepage2/schools-across-oklahoma-say-writing-test-results-deeply-flawed/article_0d3b4f2a-b462-52b2-8a2e-5b3900936578.html

Oklahoma Public Schools Need Improvement Now, Not Bill Gates' Experiments
http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/article-21279-public-schools-need-.html

How to Stop Oklahoma's Testing Madness
http://www.normantranscript.com/features/x2117428505/How-to-stop-testing-madness

Pennsylvania Bill Would End Plans for Mandatory Graduation Exam
http://articles.philly.com/2014-05-30/news/50185699_1_standardized-tests-keystones-dinniman

Bipartisan Call for Investigation of Tennessee Test Score Delay
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2014/05/29/democrats-demand-records-tcap-delay/9713999/

How Tennessee Teachers Rolled Back Test-Based Evaluations
http://www.nationofchange.org/tennessee-tied-teachers-jobs-standardized-test-scores-here-s-how-they-pushed-back-and-won-1401509408

Virginia Testing System Gone Terribly Wrong
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/commentary/cathcart-join-the-fight-for-education-reform/article_da987b6e-e69a-11e3-b1c4-0017a43b2370.html

Court Orders Halt on National Common Core Testing Contract Until Bidding Appeal is Heard
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/05/court_orders_halt_on_common-core_contract_until_appeal_heard.html

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/06/parties_in_common-core_testing_lawsuit_told_to_make_their_case.html

My Child Isn't Going to Help Pearson Refine Its Products
http://time.com/2809215/pearson-testing-common-core/

International Test Score Comparisons: Tenuous Findings, Tenuous Policies
http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=17537

Summer Break and the Achievement Gap
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2014/05/summer_break_and_the_achievement_gap.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3

Using Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers Creates Lots of Problems
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/chi-letters-using-test-scores-to-evaluate-teachers-creates-problems-20140527,0,3376061.story

No Single Measure Adequately Assesses Teachers
http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/get-schooled/2014/may/28/use-studies-cast-doubt-new-teacher-evaluation-meth/