Testing Resistance & Reform News: Oct 10 -16, 2013

This week's news clips show the assessment reform movement's geographic breadth, with stories from Oakland to Long Island and Maine to Texas.  Remember that back issues are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news

Seattle Teacher Boycott Leader Reframes "The Purpose of Education" at NBC Education Nation
http://iamaneducator.com/2013/10/09/jesse-hagopian-reframes-the-purpose-...

More From Jesse Hagopian
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&I...

Common Core Testing May Increase Digital Divide Impact
http://oaklandlocal.com/2013/10/tests-for-common-core-shed-light-on-need...

Spanish Speaking Students Struggle With Common Core Tests
http://www.lohud.com/article/20131010/NEWS/310100074/Districts-more-Span...

Resources for Common Core Testing Moratorium -- Fact Sheet and Infographic
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-infographic-common-core-more-tests-not-be

New York Parents' Furious Reaction to Common Core Testing
http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2013/10/commission-john-king-...

Commissioner King's Gift to Test Reformers
http://edushyster.com/?p=3419

New Yorkers Call for Education Commissioner's Resignation
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1423102534571657&id=14...

Drugging Kids to Boost Scores? Does High-Stakes Testing Lead to More ADHD Diagnoses?
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865587999/Is-school-giving-children-A...

New York City Kindergartners Forced to Sit for Multiple-Choice Math Tests
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/kindergarten-tough-multipl...

Test-Related Stress Overwhelms Many New York Students
http://withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com/2013/10/test-related-stress-in-s...

NYC Mayoral Front-runner Vows to Overhaul Exam School Access
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bill-de-blasio-testy-nyc-elite-schoo...

New York Teacher Evaluations Criticized in Study
http://www.lohud.com/article/20131015/NEWS/310150042/

Ratings Madness: No "Highly Effective" Elementary or Middle School Teachers in Syracuse
http://eyeoned.org/content/ratings-madness-are-there-really-no-highly-ef...

Grading Change Demonstrates Tests' Inaccuracy
http://www.news-press.com/article/20131015/NEWS0104/310150033/Lee-school...

State Assessments Tell Schools, Students and Parents Nothing Useful
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/10/state_asses...

School Grades Fail to Help Students
http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/11/3273018/how-allowing-nc-schools-t...

Why Maine Parents Should Work to Change Testing Policies and Opt Out
http://bangordailynews.com/2013/10/15/opinion/contributors/should-parent...

Texas Districts Plan Rating System Without STAAR Tests
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20131014-texas-school...

Texas Test Score Bounty Payments Disappear
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20131013-texas-merit-...

Denver Students Organize "Testing Kills Brains" Zombie Protest
http://testingkillsbrains.tumblr.com/

Accountability to Inspire, Not Undermine
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/16/08stipek_ep.h33.html

Who Questions the Test Questioners?
http://www.minnpost.com/community-voices/2013/10/who-questions-test-ques...

Arne Duncan's Alternate Universe
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Arne-Duncan-s-altern...

"Listen: The Movie" Challenges Testing Culture
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/listen-movie-challenges-standardized-testin...