Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 4 - 10, 2015

The U.S. assessment reform movement continues to rack up victories, as summarized in a new report from FairTest and another week of clips from around the nation.  Please help FairTest build on this success by contributing to support our Heroes in Education awards to Lani Guinier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige
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National Major New Report -- "Testing Reform Victories: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill"
http://fairtest.org/testing-reform-victories-2015-report
National Financial, Political Problems Plague Rollout of Common Core Standards and Tests
http://www.wsj.com/articles/financial-woes-plague-common-core-rollout-14...

Multiple States Increase in Online Standardized Exams Likely to Create More Problems
http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/increase-online-standardized-testin...
FairTest Chronology of Computerized Testing SNAFUs
http://www.fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-2013-2015

Arizona Community Leaders, Educators Discuss Testing Issues
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/community-education-leaders-discuss-sta...

California Don't Judge a School By Its Test Scores
http://argonautnews.com/dont-judge-a-school-by-its-test-scores/
California Thousands to Receive High School Diplomas Despite Failing Exit Exam
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/nov/09/students-get-diplom...

Colorado Standardized Testing Is Not a Good Use of Classroom Time
http://www.collegian.com/2015/11/141298/141298/
Colorado Test-Selected "Gifted-and-Talented" Program Heavily Skewed Toward White Students
http://inewsnetwork.org/2015/11/05/dps-gifted-and-talented-program-highl...

Florida New Teacher Union Leader Has Same Foe: Test Mania
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-florida-education-associati...
Florida County School Superintendent Axes 192 District-Mandated Exams
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/education/2015/11/03/brevard-supe...

Idaho Superintendent Criticizes Test-Centric Education
http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/e-idaho-school-superintendent-r...

Indiana Schools Deal With Ongoing Test Score Reporting Delay
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/11/06/schools-deal-istep-delay/7...

Maryland Town Halls Gather Parent, Student, Teacher Feedback on Testing
http://wtop.com/education/2015/11/town-hall-talk-targets-standardized-te...
Maryland Test-Based Evaluation System Reduces Students and Teachers to Datasets
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-teacher-evaluations-...

Massachusetts No Matter What Exam Is Used, High-Stakes Testing Will Dominate Education
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/editorials/ci_29077163/our-opinion-testing...

Minnesota Too Many Standardized Tests? The Evidence Says "Yes"
http://www.postbulletin.com/opinion/our-view-too-many-standardized-tests...

New Hampshire Assessment Reform Pilot Seeks to Grow Up and Out
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/11/this_is_not_a_test_...

New Jersey New Laws Ban Standardized Tests for Young Children, Withholding School Funds Due to High Opt-Out Rates
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/11/christie_wont_punish_schools_for_par...
New Jersey PARCC Results Magnify Race and Income Gaps
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/11/04/parcc-exam-results-for-nj-ma...

New Mexico Who Tests the Tests?
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-who-tests-t...

New York Baffling Bureaucratic Response to Opt Out Movement
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/06/new-yorks...
New York Principal Tells Parents: "We Have to Administer Tests, But Your Kids Don't Have to Take Them"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6kNcUDwjE8&feature=youtu.be

North Carolina District Board Passes Resolution Against Labeling Schools "Low Performing"
http://www.greensboro.com/news/guilford-school-board-passes-resolution-a...

Oregon Let Teachers Do the Testing
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33681077-78/let-the-teachers-do-the-...

Pennsylvania More Exams Don't Mean Better Students
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/11/07/Over-testing-M...

Rhode Island Over Testing Creates School Culture of Stress
http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/its-all-about-education-testing-how...

Tennessee School Testing "Gamesmanship"
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/expert-calls...
Tennessee State Decision to Bar Legislator From Taking Sample Test Is Troubling
http://www.parispi.net/opinion/columns/article_b704e20c-84a8-11e5-9f9d-0...

Texas How to Reduce the Public School Testing Burden
http://tribtalk.org/2015/11/06/how-to-reduce-the-testing-burden-on-texas...

Vermont State Board Tells Parents: Common Core Scores Don't Mean Much
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/07/vermont-t...
Vermont Too Much Testing, Not Enough Learning
http://www.vnews.com/home/19224855-95/column-too-much-testing-not-enough...

Washington Seattle Cuts Back Testing for Youngest Grades
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/testing-testing-123/
Washington With White House Rethinking Tests, State Wants Its No Child Left Behind Waiver Back
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/with-white-house-re-thinking-t...

GRE Bias and Barriers Have Graduate Schools Questioning Admissions Tests
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/11/07/gre-bias

Will "Competency Based Learning" Rescue the Testocracy?
http://www.livingindialogue.com/will-competency-based-learning-rescue-th...