Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 24 - 30, 2013

It's tempting to apologize for the growing length of the weekly newsclips list. Yet, these e-blasts accurately reflect what is going on around the country. Test resistance is exploding in literally dozens of states, including New Mexico, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, Texas and Mississippi, just in the past week. Our allies now include parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, school board members,  researchers, children's book authors, and community activists among many, many others

If the level of activity is already this intense in the fall, what will the "Testing Reform Spring" of 2014 look like when a tidal wave of standardized exams, including many linked to the Common Core, will be administered across the nation?  Stay tuned !

A Vote for Literacy Not Testing
http://www.ctpost.com/opinion/article/A-vote-for-literacy-not-testing-49...

Read the Letter to Pres. Obama from Children's Authors & Illustrators
http://fairtest.org/FT-Press-Release-on-Chidrens-Authors-Letter

What Happens to Students Pushed Out of School By Testing
http://inthesetimes.com/article/15738/the_children_left_behind/

Pennsylvania NAACP Branches Seek End to Grad Test Requirement
http://www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com/index.php/featured-news/metro/...

High-Stakes Testing Hurts Urban Students
http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20131023-carole-mars...

Interview with Parents and Principal at NYC School Where Boycott Forced Test Cancellation
http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&I...

New York Principals Speak Out Against Testing Overkill
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/10/NY_principa...

Too Many Tests, Too Little Time
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/urban_teacher/2013/10/too_many_tests_to...

NYC Union Head Seeks Ban on K-2 Testing
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/teachers-union-leader-call...

N.J. Commissioner Says Common Core Tests Won't Count for Graduation for at least Five Years
http://www.edlawcenter.org/news/archives/secondary-reform/commissioner-s...

N.Y. Common Core Graduation Tests Fuel School Angst
http://www.lohud.com/article/20131028/NEWS/310280024/New-Common-Core-dri...

Testing Companies Hit the Jackpot with Common Core
http://schoolingintheownershipsociety.blogspot.com/2013/10/testing-compa...

Why a Common Core Testing Moratorium is Needed Now
http://www.fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Legislature, Educator Challenge Testing Juggernaut
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/24/legislato...

Virginia School Boards Challenge High-Stakes Testing
http://www.vagazette.com/news/va-vg-wjc-high-stakes-testing-20131029,0,4...

Use the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing
http://timeoutfromtesting.org/nationalresolution/

New Mexico Parents Organize "Refuse the Test" Boycott Campaign
http://nmrefuse.weebly.com/

Florida Teachers Fight Test-Based Rating Scheme
http://blogs.tallahassee.com/revised-lawsuit-argues-changes-did-not-fix-...

New Mexico Teachers Threaten Legal Action Against Flawed Evaluation System
http://www.abqjournal.com/288936/news/two-teacher-unions-step-up-action-...

Improving Diversity at New York City Exam-Admission Public Schools
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/drop-black-latino-numbers-...

Read the Report: "The Meaning of Merit"
http://www.naacpldf.org/update/report-urges-next-mayor-reform-admissions...

Texas Test Wars: A New Hope for Assessment Reform
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/texas-test-wars-a-new-hop_b...

Mississippi Considers Exit Exam Alternatives
http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com/viewart/20131026/NEWS01/131026005/Mis...

Study Discredits "A to F" School Grading Scam
http://www.news9.com/story/23772473/oklahoma-school-administrators-remai...

Tulsa Super. Blasts Oklahoma State School Board for Incompetent School Grads
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/tps-ballard-rebukes-state-for-incompetenc...

Scandals Reveal Problems with Grading Schools
http://www.governing.com/columns/col-school-scandals-reveal-testing-igno...