Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 1 - 7, 2014

This week's assessment reform news comes from 15 states and Washington, DC, plus a large number of strong commentaries.

Note, in particular, the trend of jurisdictions, including California, Kentucky, Ohio and New York City, beginning to back away from total reliance on test scores to evaluate schools.  And, remember to check out FairTest's new report -- Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave (http://fairtest.org/new-fairtest-report-testing-reform-victories-first)

California's New Local Control and Accountability Plans (see figures 8 and 9)
http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2013/edu/lcff/lcff-072913.aspx
California Could Drop Its High School Exit Exam
http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2014/10/03/3883358_california-could-drop-it...

Colorado Assessment Reform Activists Seek Support for Highway Billboard Ads Against High-Stakes Tests
http://www.thecbe.org/support.html

Should Delaware Parents Be Able to Pull Kids Out of Testing?
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2014/10/01/parents-ab...

D.C. School "Reforms" Have Failed to Narrow Score Gaps
http://gfbrandenburg.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/kaya-henderson-really-does...

Florida Parents Launch "Say No To Computerized Testing in Grades K-12" Campaign
https://www.facebook.com/Notocomputertesting
Florida Tests Beating the Fun Out of Education
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-school-tests-mayocol-b100514-2014100...
School Testing Chaos Puts Florida Children at Risk
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-school-testing-chao...

Atlanta Georgia Cheating Trial Is Just "Tip of the Iceberg"
http://www.alternet.org/education/shockingly-widespread-standardized-tes...

Kentucky School Accountability Reports Include Non-Test Factors
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/01/school-test-results...

Louisiana Teachers Pressured to Keep Quiet About Testing Overkill
http://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/local/2014/10/04/educators-feeling...

New Jersey Is First State Planning to Use PARCC As Graduation Exam
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/09/30/state-unveils-testing-requir...
Students "Thrown Under the Bus" By New Jersey's Hellbent Rush to Make PARCC High-Stakes
http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/opinion/editorials/2014/10/02/parcc...

New Mexico Rushes Forward With Error-Plagued Teacher Evaluations
http://www.abqjournal.com/472130/opinion/two-wrongs-wont-make-rushed-tea...
Parents Can Stop Excessive Testing in New Mexico
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/the_dais/reader-view-par...

New York City Ends School Grades, Reduces Test Score Influence in Evaluations
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/nyregion/new-school-evaluations-will-l...
Upstate New Yorkers Continue Fight Against High-Stakes Standardized Exams
http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/article_06028b75-cfe9-523...

Ohio's Year-Round Testing Culture Leaves Little Time to Learn
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/30/teacher-...
Some Ohio School School Quality Profiles Include More Than Test Scores
http://www.auroraadvocate.com/news%20local/2014/10/01/aurora-schools-pro...

Oregon Parents Consider Opting Out From New Common Core Test
http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/235827-100596-common-complaints-par...

Testing Companies Fight Over South Carolina Contract
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20141001/PC1610/141009902/1177/con...

State Testing Cutback Gives Virginia Educators More Assessment Flexibility
http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-edu-local-test-guidelines-1001-20141...

Washington State Stands Firm Against Arne Duncan's Test-Driven Bullying
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/us/in-washington-state-political-stand...
New Book By Seattle Test-Boycotters: More Than a Score (with a chapter from FairTest)
http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=67fdef094920f1fe197c7e2ff&id=5987db1...

Unions Will Back Teachers Who Refuse to Administer Mandated Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/06/unions-sa...

Gallup: Students Need Hope and Support, Not More Testing
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/01/06busteed.h34.html

Should Communities Determine Their Own Accountability Measures
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/beyond_the_rhetoric/2014/10/should_commun...

Why Are We Still Using Standardized Tests?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/beyond_the_rhetoric/2014/10/why_are_we_us...

Is Testing Designed to Reinforce Inequality?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/beyond_the_rhetoric/2014/09/is_testing_de...

Schools of Opportunity: New Project to Recognize Schools That Give All Students a Chance to Succeed
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/02/schools-o...

Common Core Testing Contracts Go to Same-Old Big Vendors
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/01/06contract.h34.html
Big Corporations Sue One Another for Lucrative Common Core Contracts
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/01/06air.h34.html

Gender Biased SAT Scores Keep Many Women Out of Elite Colleges
http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/what-keeps-women-out-of-elite-colle...