Testing Resistance & Reform News: November 8 - 13, 2013

The movement to replace high-stakes standardized exams with better forms of assessment picks up even more steam with huge protest events, growing opt-out campaigns, and ever more evidence that test-and-punish status quo "reform" policies are an abject failure.

Chicago Educators Launch "Let Us Teach" Campaign Against Standardized Testing
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23598511-418/chicago-teachers-union-u...
Time to Dump Standardized Tests
http://www.chicagotribune.com/site/ct-standardized-school-tests-oped-111...
Chicago Parents Tell School Leaders: Use Report Card Grades, Not Test Scores, for Promotion
http://morethanascorechicago.org/2013/11/12/chicago-parents-to-cps-use-r...

Opt Out: Don't Play the Testing System Game
http://www.montereyherald.com/opinion/ci_24478894/paul-karrer-dont-play-...
California Testing Moratorium is Common Sense
http://edsource.org/today/2013/california-deserves-praise-not-punishment...

First-Grade Teacher Says "No" to High-Stakes Testing
http://morecaucusnyc.org/2013/11/10/should-first-grade-take-a-test-a-tea...
Parents Home School Child to Avoid Test-and-Punish Schooling
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/to_escape_the_common_core...
New York PTA Calls for Common Core Testing Delay and Cutback
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/11/new_york_state_pta_to_sta...
1500 Pack Long Island Forum on Standardized Testing
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/hundreds-attend-forum-about-state-tes...
More Schools Seek Waivers From Regents Tests
http://gothamschools.org/2013/11/11/coalition-wants-the-state-to-let-mor...

St. Paul Teachers Try to Reduce Student Testing in Contract Negotiations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrAXRdoDsCI

Kentucky Computerized Testing Not Ready for Prime Time
http://www.kentucky.com/2013/11/06/2915905/kentucky-students-might-have-...

Some Mass. School Leaders Seek Delay of High-Stakes Common Core Tests
http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20131109/NEWS/31...

Florida Concerns About Common Core Testing
http://www.ocala.com/article/20131110/OPINION/131109696?p=1&tc=pg
Florida School Grading System Favors Charter Schools
http://www.theledger.com/article/20131109/COLUMNISTS03/131109197/1002/sp...

Why Young Children Struggle with Common Core Math Assessments
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/09/why-young...

Maryland Teachers Launch Petition For Testing Moratorium
http://www.gazette.net/article/20131108/NEWS/131109174/1124/montgomery-t...

NAEP Score Trends Dissected
http://www.schoolsmatter.info/2013/11/part-2-has-corporate-education-ref...
http://schoolfinance101.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/a-few-quick-thoughts-an...
http://eyeoned.org/content/when-policymakers-dont-understand-basic-stati...
From Spellings to Duncan: Using NAEP Scores as Propaganda
http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/from-spellings-to-dun...

"No Child Left Behind" Leaves Schools Behind
http://voiceofrussia.com/us/2013_11_12/No-Child-Left-Behind-leaves-schoo...

Standardized Tests at Root of Classroom Problems
http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20131112/OPINION07/311120022/Stand...

Why Finnish School's Succeed: Pasi Sahlberg Slide Show
http://pasisahlberg.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Chicago-HF-2013.pdf

An American-Style School Inspectorate System
http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2013/11/school-self-evaluation

Missing: A National Education Policy for Low-Income Families
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/11/06/11fege.h33.html

School Violence Drives Down Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2013/11/school_violenc...

Test and Punish: An American Horror Story a new book by Texas Superintendent John Kuhn
http://russonreading.blogspot.com/2013/11/test-and-punish-by-john-kuhn-r...