Testing Resistance & Reform News: October 8 - 14, 2014

As the national testing resistance and reform movement rapidly accelerates, FairTest proposes a  moratorium on all high-stakes exams to allow time to overhaul assessment at the federal, state and local levels.  Check out the plan and incorporate it in your grassroots advocacy!

Time for a National Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing: How It Would Work
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/14/how-a-nat...
See FairTest Fact Sheet "Time For a Real Testing Moratorium"
http://fairtest.org/time-real-testing-moratorium

Push to Limit Federal Test Mandates Gathers Steam
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/15/08testing.h34.html

Federal Standardized Exam Rules Limit Colorado's Assessment Flexibility
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/10/08/state-has-limited-flexibility-on-test...
Testing is Key Issue on Colorado Election Campaign Trail
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/10/09/testing-issue-follows-candidates-on-c...

Connecticut Gears Up to Oppose Common Core Assessments
http://jonathanpelto.com/2014/10/09/connecticut-children-stupid/

Firing Delaware Educators for Low Test Scores is Bad for Students and Schools
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/10/09/prio...

Educators Press to Suspend Florida's Test-Based School Grades
http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/news/local/educators-push-suspend-scho...
Florida Parents Say Testing Overkill Taking Toll on Students, Teachers and Schools
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/testing-is-taki...

Georgia School Testing Regimen is "A Crippling Lunacy"
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-10-11/blackmon-school-testing-regim...
Georgia Test Scores Won't Be Used for Grade Promotion in 2015
http://savannahnow.com/news/2014-10-07/2015-milestones-test-scores-wont-...

Kentucky Testing More Aimed at Abusing Teachers Than Helping Students
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/13/3478054/education-testing-more-aimed-...

Montgomery, Maryland Seeks Two-Year Delay in Common Core Grad Test
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/montgomery-school-official...

Is Massachusetts Ed. Commissioner Chester Listening?
http://www.telegram.com/article/20141008/NEWS/310089991/1020/mobile
Worcester Mass. Education Advocates Decry Standardized Testing Fixation
http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/worcester-education-advocates-decry...
No Matter What Test Massachusetts Uses, Students Will Be Short-Changed
http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_26701274/no-matter-standardized-test

Bloomfield, New Jersey School Board Adopts Resolution Supporting Parents Who Opt Children Out of Tests
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/bloomfield-provides-opt-out-fo...

Statewide New York Assessment Reform Coalition Launches Online Opt-Out, Letter Writing Campaign
https://www.votervoice.net/NYSAPE/campaigns/37306/respond
Test-Based Teacher Bonuses Hurt Kids
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/columnists/bryant/2...
New York Teachers Challenge Gag Order on Common Core Tests
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2014/10/08/...

Bill Would Limit Ohio School Testing to Four Hours Per Year for Any Student
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/new_bill_would_limit_st...
Test-Based Ohio School Grades Distort "Accountability"
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/sharonville/2014/10/08/column...

Oklahoma Testing Contract in a State of Limbo
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/15/08oklahoma.h34.html

Portland Oregon School Board May Refuse to Set Common Core Test Achievement Targets
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/10/in_protest_against_...

At Forum, Pennsylvania Parents Criticize New Three-Part Keystone Exams
http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2014/10/08/main_line_suburban_life...
In Pennsylvania, All Common Core Testing, No Common Sense
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci_26694982/op-ed-all-common-core-no...

South Carolina Testing Mess
http://www.clintonchronicle.com/articles/2014/10/10/opinion/columnists/d...

Use of Test Scores is Big Issue in Texas Governors Race
http://keranews.org/post/how-would-greg-abbott-and-wendy-davis-use-stude...

No Child Left Behind Law is Failing, Not Washington State Schools
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/opinion/education-laws-failings.html?_r=0

Wyoming Fails to Get Testing Right for Yet Another Year
http://trib.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-board-another-year-of-educat...

Why Cash Incentives Are Not a Good Idea in Education
http://theconversation.com/why-cash-incentives-arent-a-good-idea-in-educ...

The Failure of Standardized Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dale-hansen/atlanta-cheating-scandal_b_594...

Pearson's Wrong Answer . . . And Why It Matters in The Era of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/08/pearsons-...

The Educator and the Oligarch: Anthony Cody Takes on Gates Foundation Policies in New Book
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/08/an-educat...

The Serious Problem of 2014 SAT Scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/10/the-serio...

SAT Scores: A Measure of Wealth, Environment
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/07/sat-scores-and-income-inequali...
http://www.ctpost.com/printpromotion/article/SAT-scores-a-measure-of-wea...