Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 11 - 17, 2015

It may be hard to believe but the already fast pace of assessment reform news continues to accelerate, reflecting the rapidly growing strength of the grassroots movement against standardized testing misuse and overuse. Activists will pay particular attention to Washington DC in the coming weeks as Congress finally appears ready to take up a bill to replace "No Child Left Behind," which shifts considerable power over testing and accountability to state government policymakers.

National NCLB Overhaul May Soon Begin Moving on Capitol Hill
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/11/lawmakers_announce_...
National Will President Obama's Education "Reformers" Acknowledge Their Own Failures
http://www.livingindialogue.com/will-president-obamas-education-reformer...
National Concrete Victories Won By the Testing Reform Movement (So Far)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/17/concrete-...

Alaska State Lawmakers Mount Criticism to Standardized Tests
http://www.newsminer.com/news/education/state-superintendents-mount-crit...
Alaska Test Score Fixation Overlooks Individualism
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1546test_scores_overlook_indiv...

California Impacts of Retroactive Exit Exam Repeal
http://thedinubasentinel.com/articles/2015/11/11/news/doc5643cc2fb28bf97...

Colorado Data Shows Tens of Thousands of Colorado Students Opted Out Last Spring
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/11/12/tens-of-thousands-of-colorado-student...

Connecticut The Testing Gap
http://yaleherald.com/news-and-features/features/the-testing-gap/

Florida Time to Focus on Teaching, Not Testing
http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/11/13/time-foc...
Florida Schools Say Computerized Testing Takes Time Away From Learning
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/9-investigates-schools-say-computeri...
Florida School Board Chair Blasts State's Testing Model
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/pasco-school-board-chairman-blas...

Indiana Former State Board Member: It's Time to Scrap Current Test
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/2015/11/13/neal-trouble-istep/7570...
Indiana State Testing Practices Misguided and Irresponsible
http://kokomoperspective.com/kp/state-s-testing-practices-misguided-and-...

Kansas Test Scores Drop With Funding Cuts
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-11-10/report-student-test-scores-rise-and-...

Maryland Many Blame Pearson for School Exam Problems
http://marylandreporter.com/2015/11/16/many-blame-big-corporation-pearso...
Maryland Pearson's Track-Record of Test Administration and Scoring Errors
http://www.fairtest.org/pearsons-history-testing-problems

Massachusetts Future of State Testing Is Unclear
http://www.salemnews.com/news/local_news/future-uncertain-in-standardize...
Massachusetts No Need For Proposed New State History Exam
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20151110/OPINION/151119022
Massachusetts No Excuses, Deceptive Metrics and School Success
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/11/guest-post-no-excuse.html

Michigan If You Want to Improve School Achievement, Tackle the Effects of Poverty
http://www.mlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/11/if_you_want_to_boost_scho...
Michigan Educators Evaluate New Teacher Rating Rules
http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/educators-evaluate-teacher-r...

New Mexico More Problems With PARCC Exams
http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_086d88d8-8954-11e5-bd5a-6f4d4a12...

New York Costly Experiment in Test-Based Teacher Evaluation is Crashing
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/17/new-yorks...
New York Testing Time Cap Does Not Address Real Problems
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/11/8582629/testing-cap...

North Carolina Is Constant Stream of Testing Improving Education?
http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/is-constant-stream-of-tests-helping...

Oregon Parents Furious About Text of New State Opt-Out Notice
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/11/testing_opponents_...
Oregon Teachers Say New Exam is Neither "Smarter" Nor "Balanced"
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2015-11-17/education/oregon-educators-w...

Pennsylvania Testing Stutter Steps
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/11/pa-testing-stutter-steps.html
Pennsylvania New Task Force Will Look At How to Roll Back Testing Overkill
http://thenotebook.org/blog/159160/district-form-testing-task-force

Tennessee Teachers Speak Out Against Increased Testing
http://www.wsmv.com/story/30486569/teachers-speak-out-against-increased-...
Tennessee Local School Board Seeks Exemptions From State Testing Mandates
http://www.thebristolbaytimes.com/article/1546test_scores_overlook_indiv...

Texas Houston Sets Opt-Out Policy
http://www.chron.com/news/education/article/HISD-sets-process-for-opting...

West Virginia State School Board Seeks Public Comment on Proposal to Reduce Required Testing
http://www.theet.com/news/local/state-school-board-seeks-public-comment-...

ACT/SAT Standardized Test Scores Do Not Predict College Success
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/op_education/2015/11/standardized_test_sc...
FairTest List of More than 850 Schools Than De-emphasize Admissions Exams
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

Top Education Researchers Caution Against Using Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/education-researchers-cau...
American Educational Research Association Statement
http://www.aera.net/Newsroom/NewsReleasesandStatements/AERAIssuesStateme...

Are Standardized Tests Making Our Students and Teachers Sick?
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2015/11/16/...

Former Employee Sues Testing Company for Racial Bias
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2015/11/former_employee_sues_national...

Infographic: 15 Years of Bill Gates Experimentation on U.S. Public School Childrent
http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/2015/11/infographic-bill-gatess...