Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 5 - 11, 2014

Though election results dominated media coverage for several days, the assessment reform movement continued to accelerate across the nation, producing front-page news in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times and other major outlets.  

Check out this week's stories and commentaries below -- remember that back issues of these weekly news summaries are archived athttp://fairtest.org/news and thatfairtest.org has many other resources to help your local public education work

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an "F"
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/us/states-listen-as-parents-give-rampant-testing-an-f.html

Students Boycott New Colorado State Tests
http://lonetreevoice.net/stories/State-tests-meet-student-resistance,172932

Coloradans Pack Testing Commission Meeting, Demand Assessment Reform
http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/District-51-bans-together-to-improve-standardized-testing-for-its-students-281883671.html

Connecticut Seeks Fed Waiver to Rate Schools on More Than Test Scores
http://ctmirror.org/state-wants-to-rate-schools-on-more-than-just-test-scores/

"Stop the Testing Madness" Movement Sweeps Florida
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/commentary/sfl-stop-the-testing-madness-in-florida-20141107-story.html

Florida Student Refuses to Retake Florida Exit Exam, Endorses Alternative Graduation Routes in School Board Testimony
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-student-skips-fcat-kiana-hernandez-20141107-story.html

New Georgia State Superintendent Says He Wants to Reduce Testing Volume and Consequences
http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-11-06/new-state-school-superintendent-wants-audit-state-education-department-less

Hundreds of Georgia Seniors Transfer to Private Schools to Avoid Graduation Test
http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-practice-hs-seniors-transferring-av/nh3FH/

Fairness of Georgia Teacher Evaluation System Challenged
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/state-regional/fairness-of-new-teacher-evaluation-system-in-quest/nh2n8/

Illinois Families Push Back Against State Super's Claim That Parents Can't Opt Out
http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/state-already-warning-parents-against-opting-kids-out-of-new-parcc-test/

Maryland Mother Fights Common Core Testing
http://www.westernjournalism.com/maryland-mother-fighting-common-cores-standardized-testing/

Are Massachusetts Students Being Over-Tested?
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/11/08/mass-wonders-whether-students-being-overtested/jZpConK32gDAdroaS30lyI/story.html

Massachusetts High-Stakes Exam Issues Must Be Addressed
http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20141107/OPINION/141107290

Missouri Voters Reject Proposal to Base Teacher Evaluation on Student Test Scores
http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2014/11/04/teacher-tenure-amendment-fails/18503309/

New Jersey Test Review Panel Appointed
http://www.northjersey.com/news/christie-appoints-members-of-panel-to-study-school-tests-1.1130656

New Mexico Media Ignore Teachers in Testing Controversy Coverage
http://www.abqjournal.com/493882

Letter to Parents of New York Third Graders -- Model Opt-Out Campaign Resources
http://www.nystoptesting.com/2014/11/dear-3rd-grade-parents.html?spref=tw

New York Supers Call State's Teacher Rating System a "Travesty of Significant Proportion"
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/11/06/view-lower-hudson-council-school-superintendents-blasts-appr/18591403/

"We Don't Need No High-Stakes Testing" Ohio Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUoC7_fW1j4

Nix Pennsylvania Standardized Exams to Concentrate on Education
http://www.delcotimes.com/opinion/20141105/guest-column-lets-nix-standardized-tests-and-concentrate-on-education

Philadelphia City Council to Hold Hearing on Costs of High-Stakes Testing
http://appsphilly.wikispaces.com/file/view/Opt%20Out%20hearings%20file.pdf/529777520/Opt%20Out%20hearings%20file.pdf

The Myth of Chinese Super Schools: Diane Ravitch Reviews New Book By Yong Zhao
http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2014/nov/20/myth-chinese-super-schools/

School Grades and Attendance, Not Test Scores, Predict Academic Success
http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/30938478-474/grades-before-test-scores-hold-the-secret-to-success.html#.VGC4AnvvcZw

How Random Events Change "Standardized" Test Scores and Alter Consequences
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/11/04/how-chance-events-during-standardized-tests-affect-your-scores-and-future-income/

Better Ways Than VAM to Evaluate Educators
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/classroom_qa_with_larry_ferlazzo/2014/11/response_getting_what_you_pay_for_in_teacher_evaluations.html

"Stereotype Threat" Can Undermine Academic Performance
http://phys.org/news/2014-11-negative-stereotypes-cognitive-students-groups.html

Do Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Programs Live Up to Promoters' Expectations
http://edexcellence.net/articles/next-generation-teacher-evaluations-are-they-living-up-to-