Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 14- 20, 2015

U.S. Senators and Representatives return to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC this week after their early fall recess. High on the Congressional agenda, along with funding federal programs and leadership fights, are the final steps to overhaul the discredited "No Child Left Behind" law.  Make sure your elected officials know that you want real assessment reform, not more failed policies. Meanwhile, the testing resistance movement continues to raise issues and win victories in many states across the nation.

National Tell Congress: End Federal Test-and-Punish Policies Now
http://www.fairtest.org/tell-congress-keep-federal-accountability-mandates
National Time to Move On From Evaluating Teachers by Student Test Scores
http://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2015/10/13/its_time_to_move_o...
National U.S. Schools Would Benefit From Less Testing, More Equitable Funding
http://neatoday.org/2015/10/09/u-s-public-schools-could-benefit-from-les...

California Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning Into School Accountability
http://edsource.org/2015/incorporating-social-emotional-learning-into-sc...

Florida Teachers Raise Concerns About Flawed State Assessment System
http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/School-Board-2-Failed-Audits-and-More...
Florida League of Women Voters Says "Time to Focus on Teaching, Not Testing"
http://capitalsoup.com/2015/10/14/opinion-time-to-focus-on-teaching-not-...

Idaho Rethinking High-Stakes Testing
http://magicvalley.com/news/local/idaho-common-core-re-thinking-the-high...

Illinois To Fix Teacher Shortages, First Understand Role of Testing in Causing Them
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_ahead/2015/10/fix-teacher-shor...

Indiana Report Raises Questions About Fairness of State Exams
http://www.wthr.com/story/30262268/questions-arise-over-fairness-of-iste...
Indiana Test Score Delay Is a Matter of Fairness
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/2015/10/16/op-ed-istep-delays-matt...

Maryland Teachers Question Time, Money Devoted to Standardized Exams
http://www.wbal.com/article/125101/21/teachers-question-standardized-tests

Massachusetts PARCC Exam No Better Than Current State Test
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/10/14/parcc-better-than-mcas-measu...
Massachusetts State Faces Testing Showdown
http://commonwealthmagazine.org/education/core-debate/

New Jersey Another Test Looms for PARCC
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/10/15/parcc-nj-proficie...

New York NYC OptOut Launches New Web Site With Great Information for Parents
http://www.optoutnyc.com/
New York 144 School Boards Adopt Resolution Against High-Stakes Testing
http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/city-school-considers-exa...

Ohio New State Test Will Use Questions Cannibalized From Arizona, Florida and Utah
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/10/ohios_new_state_tests_i...

Oklahoma State Ed Super Questions Cost, Effectiveness of Test-Based Teacher Evaluation System
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/state-superintendent-questions-...

Oregon School Ratings Suspended for One Year
http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/education/2015/10/15/state-ra...
Oregon Moving Testing Target Doesn't Best Serve Students
http://www.argusobserver.com/opinion/moving-target-of-testing-doesn-t-be...

Pennsylvania Student Test Scores: Arbitrary Assessments Strongly Linked to Family Income
http://www.mcall.com/opinion/letters/mc-pssa-scores-wealth-performance-k...

Texas Lawmaker Takes State to Task for Testing Fixation
http://www.12newsnow.com/story/30274760/state-lawmaker-takes-texas-to-ta...
Texas In Response to Parents' Pressure State Shortens Tests for Young Children
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/wimberley-based-group-wins-shorter-...

Utah State Testing Policy Can Make You Dizzy
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865638929/Utahs-testing-laws-can-make...
Utah Standardized Exams Are Counter-Productive
http://news.hjnews.com/logan_hj/standardized-tests-counterproductive/art...

Virginia State Education Department Overhauls School Accountability System
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2015/10/09/virginia-rev...

ACT/SAT More Colleges Dropping Admissions Tests
http://www.richmondregister.com/news/more-colleges-dropping-admissions-t...
ACT/SAT FairTest Database of 850 Test-Optional and Test-Flexible Colleges, Universities
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional