Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 15- 21, 2014

Top national policy-makers finally took notice of the growing testing resistance and reform movement this week.  The Council of Chief State School Officers (aka state superintendents) and the Council of the Great City Schools (urban supers) published a report admitting that standardized exam overkill was rampant across the country.  In response, both U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan and President Barack Obama issued statements of concern.

But none of these long-time defenders of test misuse and overuse has spelled out how to address what they concede are serious problems. That's why grassroots activists -- parents, students, teachers, administrators, community leaders, school board members, etc. -- need to keep ratcheting up the pressure !

School Standardized Testing Is Under Growing Attack: Leaders Pledge Changes
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-standardized-testin...
As Over-Testing Outcry Grows, Exam Promoters Pull Back Slightly
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2014/1016/As-overtesting-outcry-g...

Poll Finds Coloradans Concerned About Too Much Testing
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/10/20/union-poll-finds-negative-public-atti...
Pearson Scoring Error Delays Release of New Test Results
http://www.9news.com/story/news/education/2014/10/16/state-delays-releas...

Delaware School Board Will Support Families Who Opt Out of Tests
http://delaware.newszap.com/centraldelaware/135877-70/standardized-test-...

Florida Teachers Fed Up With Volume of Testing
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/marion-county-teachers-fed-amount-te...
Revolt Against Testing Spreads Across Florida
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/10/15/kathleen-...
Florida Fights With Feds Over Testing English Language Learners
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/state-federal-government-...

Time for Georgians to Rise Up Against Student Testing Regime
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-10-18/blackmon-time-rise-against-st...

Indiana School Grade Gaming Earns Failing Results
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20141017/EDIT07/310179995/1147/EDIT07

Maryland Educators Seek Delay in Common Core Testing Requirements
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-graduatio...

Mississippi School Grading Change Leaves Schools Confused, Frustrated
http://www.sunherald.com/2014/10/16/5859825/districts-caught-in-transiti...

Suspend New Jersey Exit Exam Requirement During Transition to PARCC
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/10/14/com...

New Mexico State Senator Seeks Moratorium on Test Score Consequences
http://www.abqjournal.com/480653/news/nm-senator-calls-for-moratorium-on...
Testing Policy A Contentious Issue in New Mexico Race for Governor
http://www.abqjournal.com/482493/news/gov-candidates-offer-different-pol...

New York Rethinks Rush to Computerized Testing: Plans Multi-Year Phase-In
http://www.nyssba.org/news/2014/10/10/on-board-online-october-13-2014/se...
Opt-Out Movement Builds Across New York State
http://www.recordonline.com/article/20141019/NEWS/141019385

Ohio School Superintendents Label Added Common Core Testing an "Abomination"
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/test_mania_local_superi...
Grades From Spring 2015 Ohio Common Core Tests May Not Be Available Until 2016
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/grades_from_spring_comm...
Ohio School Board Candidate: Test-Centric Education Cannot Replace for Effective Learning
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/2014/10/14/column-test-centric-e...

Oklahoma Plays Test Vendor "Musical Chairs" Firing One Company and Hiring Another
http://oklahomawatch.org/2014/10/17/oklahoma-to-consider-new-testing-con...

Portland Oregon Schools Refuse to Be Judged By Common Core Tests
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/10/portland_public_sch...

Too Much Testing in Texas Schools
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20141017-failing-grade-...

Former Utah Teacher of the Year, Now NEA President, Says Don't Punish Educators With Test Scores
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58530434-78/eskelsen-utah-garcia-educa...

Powerful Video Short: "Refuse the Tests"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ayYajsQjg8

Testing Mania and Uncle Sam's Clumsy (Over)Reach
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2014/10/testing_man...

New Research: Grade Retention, Even in Kindergarten, Is Harmful to Children
http://educationbythenumbers.org/content/new-research-failing-students_2...