Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 6 - 12, 2015

As standardized exam season winds down, heavy pressure from the grassroots testing resistance movement is posting multiple policy reform victories. Just this week, Texas essentially eliminated graduation testing requirements for most high school seniors. Backed by a powerful movement of parents and educators, the Colorado legislature overwhelmingly voted to send the governor a package that cuts state-mandated testing hours by more than 30%, supports parental out-out rights, and allows districts to pilot alternative assessments. Bills strengthening opt-out provisions are also moving in Delaware and Wisconsin. In New York, the incoming State Senate Majority Leader is the primary sponsor of legislation to limit state exams.

Contact Your U.S. Senators Today for Less Testing, More Learning
http://www.fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

U.S. Opt-Out Movement Explodes, Test-and-Punish Empire Strikes Back
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-guisbond/the-testing-optout-moveme_b_...
Federal Education Department Disinformation Campaign Seeks to Quell Opt-Out Movement
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/05/06/education-dept-disinformati...

Arizona Seven Schools Implicated in Exam Cheating Scandal
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/05/11/did-seven-schoo...

California Standardized Testing Sparks Backlash
http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/california-standardized-tests-spar...

Colorado Legislature Passes Modest Assessment Reform "Compromise" in Final Hours of Session
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/05/06/testing-agreement-comes-in-sessions-f...

Connecticut Officials Confuse Parents About Test Opt Outs
http://jonathanpelto.com/2015/05/06/on-common-core-sbac-still-left-askin...

Delaware House Overwhelmingly Supports Opt-Out Rights
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/05/07/house-pass...

Florida Ongoing Computer Testing Programs Disrupts School Schedules
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-computer-testing-sc...
Florida Elected Officials Don't Subject Their Own Kids to the Standardized Exam Frenzy They Mandate
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-florida-school-testing-scott-m...

Georgia Exams Leave Some Feeling "Testy"
http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/26615357/article-Georgia-Voices--Ex...
Atlanta Test Cheating Hurt Students' Reading Performance
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2015/05/atlanta_schools_...

Louisiana Testing Overkill Drives Veteran Teachers Out of the Profession
http://www.katc.com/story/29029794/lack-of-education-veteran-educators-w...

Massachusetts Teachers Say PARCC Test is "Bar to Real Work"
http://www.cambridgeday.com/2015/05/06/teachers-renew-efforts-against-pa...
Mass. Teachers Association Supports Parental Opt-Out Rights
http://massteacher.org/news/archive/2015/annual_meeting_coverage.aspx

Maine Legislature Hears Bill to Eliminate Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/education/2015/05/11/state-test-bills/27...

Michigan District Super and PTA President Outline Five Ways to Improve State Assessments
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/05/5_ways_to_improve_standar...

Mississippi Educators Protest Politically Set Test-Score Cutoff That Could Hold Back 6,000 Third Graders
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/05/07/nearly-6k-could-repea...

Montana State Testing Will Not Come Close to 95% Participation
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/5/montana-unlikely-to-meet-...

New Hampshire Parents on a Mission
http://www.ledgertranscript.com/home/16720744-95/parents-on-a-mission

New Jersey Students Share Thoughts on PARCC
http://www.app.com/story/news/education/in-our-schools/2015/05/08/studen...

New York English Language Arts Test Opt Outs Topped 205,000 Statewide
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/t2_8Bg3h8mqx6Ax8rwGG5Mw/htmlview
N.Y. Educators Have Lengthy Grievance List Against State Assessments
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/233549/educators-have-length...

North Dakota Computerized Testing Glitches Hurt Students
http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion/our-opinion/3742822-our-opinion-...

Ohio Super Says K-3 Literacy Test Scores Are Unfair
http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local-education/literacy-sco...

Oklahoma School Testing Error Affecting Thousands of Students
http://www.newson6.com/story/28985864/oklahoma-school-testing-error-affe...

Pennsylvania Overhaul of Federal, State Laws Needed to Curb Testing Frenzy
http://thenotebook.org/blog/158537/nclb-rewrite-relieve-standardized-tes...
Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Are One Big Headache for Students
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-valley-keystone-project-based-...

Texas Governor Signs Law Exempting Thousands of Seniors From Graduation Exams
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20150511-abbott-s...

Vermont Testing is Profitable But Not for Students
http://www.vnews.com/home/16811190-95/steve-nelson-testing-is-profitable...

Virginia Parents Learn How to Keep Their Kids Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2015/05/06/in-a-season-of-tes...
Virginia is Sadly Obsessed With State Testing
http://www.newsleader.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/05/09/sadly-obse...

Washington Students Protest Common Core Exams
http://www.keprtv.com/news/local/Students-protest-Common-Core-testing-30...
Maryville, Washington, Teachers Hold One-Day Strike Over Funding, Testing
http://www.marysvilleglobe.com/news/302779281.html#

Wisconsin State Legislature Advances Bill to Make Opting Out Easier
http://www.twincities.com/education/ci_28068256/wisconsin-bill-would-mak...

The Onion's "Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing"
http://www.theonion.com/graphic/pros-and-cons-standardized-testing-50388

The Role of Performance Assessment in Fostering Deeper Learning
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning_deeply/2015/05/the_role_of_perfo...