Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 31 - November 7, 2013

Another week of escalating assessment reform organizing and action around the country. Journalists, both local, regional and national, are hearing the movement's message and conveying it to even broader audiences!

New NAEP Scores Add to Evidence of Failed Test-and-Punish Policies
http://www.fairtest.org/fairtest-news-release-2013-naep-results-added-evid

What Happens When Parents Stand Up and Say "No" to Testing
http://www.alternet.org/education/what-happens-when-parents-stand-and-sa...

New York Advocates, School Leaders Say "No" to State Tests
http://www.thesunnews.net/news/407-NYS_Allies_for_Public_Education,_scho...

NYC High School Students Boycott Tests Used for Teacher Evaluation
http://gothamschools.org/2013/10/30/students-at-elite-high-school-boycot...

Momentum Grows Against High-Stakes Testing & Zero Tolerance
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/11/momentum_gro...

Turn On, Tune In, Opt Out
http://www.thenation.com/blog/176994/turn-tune-opt-out#

More Than 270 Tests/Year in Pittsburgh; Enough is Enough
http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2013/11/03/With-more-than-270-tes...

Breaking Point: Florida Testing Overkill Has Students, Parents, Teachers on Edge
http://www.news-press.com/article/20131103/NEWS0104/311030050/Testing-So...

Parents Rail Against High-Stakes Testing
http://www.news-press.com/article/20131103/NEWS0104/311030043/Parents-ra...

Testing Culture Kills Kids' Creativity
http://www.psmag.com/culture/kills-creativity-standardized-testing-child...

See the Letter to Pres. Obama by 120+ Children's Authors and Illustrators
http://www.fairtest.org/public-letter-on-standardized-testing-by-childre...

Parents Can Fight Back Against Common Core Testing
http://www.uticaod.com/guest/x2132751520/GUEST-VIEW-Parents-can-fight-ba...

State Senator Says Legislators Should be Forced to Take Common Core Tests
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2013/10/8535336/senator-l...

A Ridiculous Common Core Test for First Graders
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/31/a-ridicul...

Weingarten: Common Core Testing Timetable Even Worse Than Obamacare Rollout
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/politics/2013/11/8535497/weingarte...

Transition to Online Testing Raises Concerns
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/10/30/10pencil_ep.h33.html

Autistic Child Lost in a Sea of Common Core Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/31/mom-my-au...

Common Core Myths and Realities Infographic & Fact Sheet
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-infographic-common-core-more-tests-not-be

Professing and Parenting in an Age of Testing Madness
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-a-aja/professing-and-parenting-to-the...

Demanding More Testing, Feds Threaten to Hold Back $3.5 Billion from California Schools
http://www.mercurynews.com/education/ci_24422002/u-s-threatens-take-3-52...

Local Penn. School Boards Pass Resolution Calling on State to End Graduation Test
http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2013/11/05/main_line_suburban_life...

N.J. Gov. Christie Tries to Bully Test-Critic Teacher . . . Again
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/03/gov-chris...

Virginia School Boards Warn Next Governor to Reduce Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/11/04/a-warning...

N.Y. Principals Say Test-Based Job Evaluations Are Inaccurate, Unfair
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/frustrated-school-principal...

Quality Assessment for Educational Excellence Conversation with FairTest Board Member Ann Cook and others
http://www.shankerinstitute.org/quality-assessment-excellence-registration/

A New "No Excuses" Agenda for Improving Schools
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/10/31/a-new-no-...