Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 22 - 28, 2014

An explosive week for the testing resistance and reform movement. Nationally, pressure is mounting on President Obama, Secretary Duncan and members of Congress to cut back on federal mandates which help drive standardized exam insanity.  At the same time, grassroots campaigns are forcing local officials to overhaul the testing policies they control -- today's summary includes stories from 19 states as well as several excellent commentaries.

Revolt Against Common Core Testing Goes National
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/10/common-core-112144.html

Eleven National Civil Rights Groups Urge Obama Administration to Drop Test-Based "Accountability"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/28/eleven-ci...

Arne Duncan Blows Standardized Smoke
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/arne-duncan-standardized-test...

Does Arne Duncan Think "Suburban Moms" Are Really That Gullible?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/26/does-arne...

California Moving Rapidly Toward Post-NCLB Accountability
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_california/2014/10/california_moving_r...

What Are Delaware Schools Teaching? Test Prep
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/10/23/scho...

Florida State House Candidates Agree: Too Much Testing
http://stateimpact.npr.org/florida/2014/10/22/south-florida-state-house-...
Florida Should End School Testing Factory Driven By Extremist Ideologues
http://members.jacksonville.com/business/columnists/2014-10-27/story/gue...

Chicago Schools Seek to Delay Start of New Illinois Common Core Tests
http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/cps-wants-delay-start-new-s...
No One Wants to Give Illinois PARCC Test But Every Student Will Be Required to Take It
http://www.chicagonow.com/still-advocating/2014/10/parcc-a-test-no-one-w...

Indiana's Failed School Grading Experiment
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/editorial/recent-editorials-publish...

Feds Nix Kansas Plan to Reduce Testing
http://cjonline.com/news/2014-10-26/federal-officials-nix-kansas-plan-re...

Massachusetts Teachers' Head Testifies Against "Excessive and Corrosive Focus on Standardized Testing"
http://massteacher.org/news/archive/2014/madeloni_bese_testimony_oct_21_...
Parents, Educators Criticize Massachusetts School Testing Culture at Public Forum
http://www.gazettenet.com/home/14052557-95/parents-teachers-critique-hig...

Only One of Nebraska's 248 School Districts Meets NCLB Standard
http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/only-of-nebraska-s-school-distr...

New Hampshire's New Way to Assess Learning Could Reduce Standardized Testing
http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/14006206-95/my-turn-states-new-way-to...

As Common Core Testing Draws Near, New Jersey Concerns Grow
http://www.northjersey.com/news/as-common-core-testing-draws-nearer-publ...

New Mexico Parents Opt Children Out of Standardized Testing
http://krwg.org/post/parents-opting-their-kids-out-standardized-tests

New York Gov. Cuomo Pledges "Not to Use Common Core Test Scores For At Least Five Years . . ."
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-10-20/andrew-cuomo-conce...
Local Education Leaders Give State School Board Failing Grades
http://www.saugertiesx.com/2014/10/23/saugerties-school-board-state/

Ohio Teachers Say High-Stakes Testing Leads to More Tests, Less Teaching
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/test_mania_teachers_say...
Parents Opt Kids Out of Ohio Testing Due to Pressure Anxiety
http:/www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/test_mania_parents_opt_out_of.html

Oklahoma Wants Its "No Child Left Behind" Waiver Back
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/10/oklahoma_wants_its_...
New Oklahoma Testing Company Leads to New Testing Problems
http://www.fox23.com/news/news/local/new-testing-company-more-problems/n...

Why My Children Won't Take Oregon's Smarter Balanced Tests
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/10/why_my_kids_will_not...
Oregon Opt Outs Illustrate "Ludicrous" Testing System
http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23379-testing_their_patien.html

Pearson May Lose Huge Texas Testing Contract
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandteleco...
Owners of Texas-Based NCLB Tutoring Firm Plead Guilt to Fraud
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/headlines/20141021-tutoring-firm-ow...

Utah Super: Too Much Testing, Not Enough Assessment for Learning
http://www.standard.net/Guest-Commentary/2014/10/25/Too-much-testing-not...

West Virginia Tests Don't Build Students' Skills: Teachers Do
https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-10-23-tests-don-t-build-skills-teachers-d...

As Student Testing Mounts, Growing Chorus in Wisconsin Says It's Too Much
http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/as-student-testing-mounts-growing...
Wisconsin Professor: Repeal NCLB to Improve Education
http://www.thenorthwestern.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/10/22/schoo...

Students Are "More Than a Score" on Standardized Tests: Book Review
http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26933-students-are-more-than-a-sco...

Are Common Core Standards and Tests Developmentally Appropriate? Experts Weigh In
http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2014/10/23/the-science-of-the-c...