Testing Resistance & Reform News: Sept. 12 -18, 2013

The rising tide of opposition to test-and-punish education schemes demonstrated its growing strength in the political arena last week, propelling opponents of standardized exam overkill to victory at the ballot box and pushing policymakers to approve a "pause" in California's testing consequences.

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Bill de Blasio NYC Mayoral Primary Win Repudiates Bloomberg Testing Policies
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/new-york-city-democrats-education-...

Bridgeport Challengers Win School Board Primary Over Paul Vallas Allies
http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Challengers-win-school-board-primary...

Cal. Legislature Defies Duncan in Passing Test Score Pause Bill
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-legislature-approves-testing...

Duncan Made Extraordinary Effort to Sabotage California Legislation
http://www.edsource.org/today/2013/obama-administration-makes-unpreceden...

Gov. Brown Stands Up to Washington
http://www.edsource.org/today/2013/brown-not-backing-away-from-decision-...

California & Texas Agree About Reducing Over-Testing but Arne Says "No"
http://jasonstanford.org/2013/09/when-california-and-texas-agree/

"Education Spring" Grassroots Protest Movement Goes Mainstream
http://educationopportunitynetwork.org/americas-education-spring-goes-ma...

Suspend Out-of-Date State Test
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-msa-20130916,0,...

Errors Plague School Testing Across Nation -- Major Investigative Report
http://www.thestate.com/2013/09/17/2985609/errors-plague-testing-in-publ...

Opting Out of Standardized Testing Sends a Strong Message
http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/erbe-opting-out-of-standardized-test...

Op Ed: Standardized Testing Must Go
http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/358296'

Rochester Cuts Back Locally-Mandated Tests
http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/NewsBlog/archives/2013/09/16/less-...

"Race to the Top" is a Flop: Test-Driven Goals Are Impossible Says New Report
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/12/race-to-the-top-report_n_391092...

Obama's Education Gap: Rhetoric vs Policies
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/12/obamas-ed...

ACLU Sues Rhode Island School Board to Void Secret Test Adoption Meeting
http://www.golocalprov.com/news/new-ri-aclu-announces-third-lawsuit-agai...

School Rankings Linked to Community Poverty Levels
http://www.chillicothegazette.com/article/20130916/NEWS01/309160012

Putting Standardized Testing in Context
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/walt_gardners_reality_check/2013/09/putti...

Multiple Measures for Teacher Evaluation
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/finding_common_ground/2013/09/multiple_me...

Mexican Teachers Challenge Test-Based School "Reform"
http://www.cipamericas.org/archives/10623

"Defies Measurement" Documentary on Problems of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16lnlJqh_WY

Encouraging More Educators to Stand Up
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/09/18/04kohn.h33.html

Review of Diane Ravitch's Powerful New Book
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/15/1238892/-Reign-of-Error-the-imp...

Two Books by Teachers Detail Damage from Test-Fixated Policies
http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2013/09/t...

The Global Fourth Way: The Quest for Educational Excellence
http://www.edrev.info/reviews/rev1252.pdf