Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 14 -19, 2013

Week after week, the assessment reform movement gains in geographic breadth and grassroots depth.  This month, New York State is a major focal point for mass organizing but there's plenty going on in many other states even though the high-stakes-exam season is still months away in most states.  FairTest is getting ready for "Testing Reform Spring 2014," and you should be too!  Let us know how we can help.

Note that we are shifting the release date for these weekly updates to Tuesday afternoon.  As always, please send us additional stories and links you think merit national attention.

When Parents Yank Their Kids Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/11/when-parents-yank-t...

Early Learning: This is Not a Test by Randi Weingarten and Nancy Carlsson-Paige
http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/nytimes/column111713.cfm

Lesson Teaches Kindergarteners How to Fill in Multiple-Choice Test Bubbles
http://eagnews.org/lesson-kindergarteners-learn-to-fill-in-bubbles-to-pr...

Duncan Blasted for Arrogant Remarks About Common Core Test-and-Standards Critics
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/arne-duncan-common-core-comment-99...

A Mother Responds to Arne Duncan
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/19/white-sub...

More Than "Suburban Soccer Moms" Oppose Duncan's Policies . .. and Why
http://eyeoned.org/content/resistance-to-the-common-core-isnt-just-about...

Montgomery, Maryland Super: Why a Testing Moratorium is Necessary
http://educationnext.org/a-testing-moratorium-is-necessary/

Time for a Testing Holiday
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/do-parents-want-to-see-tes...

Long Island Parents Pack Forums to Blast Common Core Testing, Data Collection
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/11/13/emotions-high-at-common-core-foru...

New York Teachers Back Ban on Pre-K Through Second Grade Testing
http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013311140038&gch...

Poll: Voters Say "Too Much Testing"
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/2013/11/18/voters-s...

State Education Commissioner Pressed to Reverse Policies
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/18/nyregion/at-forums-state-education-com...

500+ NY Principals Sign Letter to Parents Criticizing Over-Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/open-letter-to-parents-ab_b_42...

New York Super Writes Kid's Book About School "Reform" Damage
http://educationspeaks.org/2013/09/ny-superintendent-pens-book-on-realit...

Alabama Ends State Graduation Exam Mandate
http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20131114/APN/1311140855

Looming New Mexico Grad Tests Push Teens Out of School
http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_24529700/panic-nm-high-scho...

State Backs Down, Allows Districts Flexibility on Graduation Requirements
http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_24537517/school-districts-p...

Excellent Ohio LTE: Teaching to the Test Undermines Education Breadth
http://www.vindy.com/news/2013/nov/18/forcing-educators-to-teach-to-test...

Equity, Testing Madness, and the Ongoing School Wars in Texas
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-lesley/texas-schools_b_4297477.html

"When I Was in School . . . " The Truth About Educational Progress in Vermont (and Nationally)
http://vtdigger.org/2013/11/15/mathis-school/

Pundits Misunderstand Meaning of NAEP Score Trends
http://www.alternet.org/sorry-nicholas-kristof-theres-still-no-proof-sch...

Will New SAT Be a Better Barometer of College Readiness
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/11/will-the-new-sat-be-a-better-bar...