Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 5 - 11, 2016

This week's top stories include several about Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (AROS) "Walk-Ins" around the country. The coordinated events included a strong call to end high-stakes tests to make time for more teaching and learning.

National School Testing Opponents Plan Next Steps
http://www.wsj.com/articles/school-testing-opponents-plan-next-steps-147...
National Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill
http://fairtest.org/assessment-matters-constructing-model-state-system

Alabama Time to Repeal School "Accountability" Act
http://www.decaturdaily.com/opinion/editorials/it-s-time-to-repeal-accou...

California Symposium on State's New Vision for School Accountability
https://edsource.org/2016/edsource-symposium-focuses-on-states-new-visio...
California "Reclaim Our Schools" Seeks More Time for Learning, Less Time Wasted on Testing
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Reclaim-Our-Schools-Rallies-Focus-...

Florida How the Testing Fixation Helped Deplete Miami High School Marching Bands
http://wlrn.org/post/how-fcat-helped-deplete-miami-s-high-school-marchin...

Indiana Testing Woes Fuel Election Battles
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/10/05/indiana-testing-woes-fuel-e...

Michigan Teachers to Demonstrate for Reduction in Standardized Testing
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/10/teachers_planning_...

New Jersey Politicians Use Standardized Exams to Politicize Education
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/16/09/22/op-ed-what-the-public-doesn-...

New Mexico Students and Teachers Walk-In to Schools to Protest School Closings, Testing Overkill
http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/lcps/2016/10/06/students-...

New York Marchers Head to Albany to Change Education Policy, Including High-Stakes Exams
http://billmoyers.com/story/boots-ground-public-schools/
New York Film Shines Light on Controversial High School Test
http://www.thejustice.org/article/2016/10/film-sheds-light-on-controvers...

Ohio Educators Stage School Walk In to Press for Testing Changes
http://www4.toledoblade.com/Education/2016/10/06/Toledo-teachers-walk-in...
Ohio Poverty Link Stays Constant in Poor Test Scores
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/10/09/education-pover...

Pennsylvania Time to Reexamine Public School Testing
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-10-06/education/teachers-now-is-th...
Pennsylvania What's Next for Students with NCLB Gone?
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-lehigh-valley-pssa-scores-accountabil...

Rhode Island Standardized Test Fixation Drives Race to the Bottom
http://www.independentri.com/independents/ind/opinion/letters/article_c9...

University Admissions Why One School Dropped Out of the Test-Driven National Merit Scholarship Program
http://hechingerreport.org/cant-base-kids-futures-hours-one-random-satur...

Worth Reading Even Low Levels of Lead in Blood Reduce Test Scores
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-10-children-negatively-affect-scores....