Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 26 - December 2, 2014

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Why the Testing Resistance Movement is Expecting a "Full-On Revolt" This Spring
http://www.alternet.org/print/education/opt-out-everywhere-why-standardized-testing-movement-expecting-full-revolt

Testing Market Surges with Common Core
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/11/testing_market_surges_with_common_core_growth_in_formative_assessment.html

Alaska Students Prepare to Stress-Test New Computerized Exams
http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/alaska-schools-prepare-to-test-new-tests/article_c74e8a5a-79fa-11e4-9791-a722fc1a7cb7.html

Overhauling California's Accountability System
https://edpolicy.stanford.edu/publications/pubs/1279

California Impact Academy Demonstrates Deeper, More Meaningful Student Assessments
http://www.ewa.org/blog-educated-reporter/impact-academy-rethinking-student-assessment

Five Reasons to Stop Colorado's Testing Madness
http://pagosadailypost.com/2014/11/28/editorial-five-reasons-to-stop-the-madness-part-two/

Colorado District Votes to Remove Most Students From Common Core Testing
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2014/12/01/colorado-springs-district-removes-most-students-common-core-testing

Groups Florida Families Opt Out of Florida's Standardized Assessments
http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/12/01/anti-testing-groups-help-students-opt-out-of-florida-standardized-assessments/

Damning Account of Illinois' Common Core Testing Initiative
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/11/25/a-damning-account-of-one-states-common-core-testing-initiative/

Kansas Tries to Avoid Repeat of Computerized Exam Problems
http://m.cjonline.com/news/2014-11-27/kansas-continues-efforts-prevent-school-testing-problems

More New Mexico Families Opt Out of Tests
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/more-parents-choosing-to-opt-out-of-public-school-testing/article_a86a49ee-2ea2-58a5-8233-fbbcadca3961.html

Failure: The New York State Common Core Eighth Grade Math Test
https://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/failure-the-8th-grade-nys-common-core-math-test/

Tulsa, Oklahoma Superintendent Sets Up Task Force to Examine Teachers Assessment Concerns
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/superintendent-announces-task-forces-to-address-testing-assessment-concerns/article_37c36c53-a7da-5d81-99ae-29262074fc4d.html

Evaluating Rhode Island's System of Evaluating Teachers
http://warwickonline.com/stories/Evaluating-the-system-of-evaluating-teachers,98157

Utah's Summative Tests Should Not Be Used to Grade Schools or Teachers
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/1873418-155/op-ed-tests-shouldnt-be-used-to

Commission Recommends Changes to Virginia's Standards of Learning Assessments
http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/article.cfm?ID=44448

Frequent Changes to Washington State Exams Only Help Test-Makers
http://union-bulletin.com/news/2014/nov/25/education-reform-remains-elusive-state/

Congressional Republicans Make "No Child" Overhaul Top Education Priority
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/republicans-push-update-education-law-27272164

Arne Duncan's Ed School Evaluation Plan Misses the Point
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/12/02/the-concept-education-secretary-duncan-has-entirely-missed/

"The Adventures of Sampleman"
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=7377

Standardized Testing on the School Playground
http://www.bostonglobe.com/2012/09/14/cartoons-dan-wasserman/q4tHBNzLD1GbbfyJFQHaRM/story.html?pic=5

Jesse Hagopian: Assessment Reform is Part of New Civil Rights Movement
http://realchangenews.org/index.php/site/archives/9653

Secondary School Principals Adopting Position Against Value-Added Measurement
http://www.nassp.org/tabid/3788/default.aspx?topic=Value_Added_Measures_in_Teacher_Evaluation

Myths, Lies, and the Endless Cycle of Education "Reform"
http://www.theind.com/LaLaLand/no-virginia-this-ain-t-no-silver-bullett-4467/

Common Core Testing Ignores Needs of Youngest Children
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/abetteriowa/2014/11/26/common-core-early-childhood-education-testing/70113320/

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