Testing Resistance & Reform News: Sept. 19 - 25, 2013

The volume of news coverage about testing protests and critiques continues to soar as more and more parents, teachers, parents and researchers across the nation say "Enough is Enough!"

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New Yorkers Assail Education Officials Over Testing Insanity
http://www.lohud.com/article/20130917/NEWS/309170073/Parents-assail-educ...

Texas Parents, Teachers Press for More State Testing Changes
http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/education/article/Panel-discusses-state...

Scoring Errors Jeopardize Tests: Flawed Grading Can Ruin Student's Futures -- Atlanta Journal Constitution investigative series
http://tinyurl.com/l3c9omt

Mistakes on Standardized Exams Can Happen Anywhere
http://tinyurl.com/mntxzfd

Pearson's Ugly History of Testing Screw-Ups
http://dianeravitch.net/2013/09/19/fairtest-pearsons-history-of-test-fou...

Oklahomans Protest Increased Testing
http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Parents_educators_talk_with_Oklah...

Florida Moves Away From Common Core Test
http://www.news-press.com/article/20130924/CRIME/309240023/Gov-Scott-dis...

Alabama Parents Oppose Testing Priorities
http://www.timesdaily.com/news/local/article_8254dd48-2337-11e3-a139-106...

Connecticut Families Join Test Opt-Out Movement
http://www.nhregister.com/general-news/20130921/parents-opting-kids-out-...

D.C. Officials Manipulated Cut-off Scores -- Proficiency is Not "Objective"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-officials-choice-allowe...

Many NYC Private Schools to Drop Entrance Test
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-20/nyc-private-schools-group-recom...

Debate Grows Over Common Core Tests and Standards
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2013/09/common_core_...

New School Tests Will Cause Many Problems
http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/letter-state-tests-will-create-a-new-...

see New FairTest Common Core Testing Fact Sheet
http://fairtest.org/common-core-assessments-factsheet

Flawed Tests Will Cost Good Teachers Jobs
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/09/18/04popham.h33.html

Classroom Portfolios Used as Alternate Teacher Evaluation Tool
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/09/18/04arts_ep.h33.html?tkn=TURF...

Stagnant SAT Scores: More Evidence of the Failure of Test-and-Punish Public Schooling
http://fairtest.org/SATscorerelease2013

Why the New SAT Scores Are Really Meaningless
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/09/26/why-the-n...

America's Toxic Culture of Testing
http://www.salon.com/2013/09/24/americas_toxic_culture_of_testing/

Punitive Use of Testing is "Dysfunctional"
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/09/11/03letter-4.h33.html?tkn=SRX...

Fixation on Short-Term Test-Score Gains Undermines Real Learning
http://www.teachingquality.org/content/did-it-sink-right-away

The Increasingly Imperious Arne Duncan
http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/no-more-carrots-lots-more-stick_7...

Do U.S. Schools Really "Stink"?
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/09/do-american-public-schools-really-...

One of Many Laudatory Reviews of "Reign of Error"
http://seattleducation2010.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/reign-of-error-by-di...

Great Put Down of Congressional Critic of Diane Ravitch
http://jasonstanford.org/2013/09/go-home-congressman-youre-drunk/