Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 17 - 23, 2014

Another incredible week for the assessment reform movement -- school boards adopting strong resolutions calling for a suspension of high-stakes testing, candidates speaking out against standardized overkill, new Congressional legislation to reduce federal mandates and many excellent commentaries at the same time parents, teachers and community organizers continue to speak out!  Keep the heat on.

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Another Test is Not Best Strategy to Help Arizona Students Learn Civics
http://www.yumasun.com/opinion/another-test-not-best-answer-for-learning...

Future of California High School Exit Exam Undecided
http://edsource.org/2014/fate-of-high-school-exit-exam-undecided/67604#....

Why My Kids Will Opt Out: Colorado's State-Mandated Tests Do Not Support Learning
http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/letters/ci_26560294/state-mandated...
Colorado Teacher Refuses to Administer Common Core Tests
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/09/colorado_teacher_refus...

11 Large Florida School Boards Agree: "Suspend High-Stakes Testing"
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/09/19/lee-school-boa...
One of Nation's Biggest School Districts Calls on State, Feds to End Testing Overkill
http://extracredit.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/09/18/read-pbc-school-boa...
Broward County Florida Schools Could Be Required to Administer 1,500 New End-of-Course Tests
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/highered/fl-b-end-of-course-t...
Editorial: Too Much Testing in Florida
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140917/OPINION01/140919699/-1/news300
Florida PTA Calls for Overhaul of State Testing System
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-pta-calls-for-changes-to...

Georgia Ed Superintendent Candidates Agree: Too Much Testing
http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-09-18/too-much-testing-state-...

Iowa Letter to the Editor: Time to End NCLB
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/09/20/end-ch...

Feds Allow Kansas to Withhold Scores From Disrupted Exam Administrations
http://m.cjonline.com/news/2014-09-16/us-department-education-allows-kan...

Worcester Massachusetts Teachers Call For Three-Year Moratorium on Common Core Testsn
http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/worcester-teachers-union-decry-publ...

Santa Fe School Chief Seeks Delay in New Mexico Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/boyd-s-call-to-fix-eval...

New York Assessment Reform Activists Say 250,000 Will Boycott 2014-2015 State Tests
http://www.nysape.org/nys-parents-fight-to-reclaim-student-education-fro...
State Claims More Money Needed to Release Additional Test Questions
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/schools/king-state-ed-would-like-...

Local Ohio School Board Seeks Delay of Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-09-16/frye-lawmakers-should-delay-i...

Oklahoma School Grades Don't Reflect Student Progress
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepage5/tulsa-area-educators-grading-of-scho...

Rhode Island to Hold Hearings on Longer Exit Exam Delay
http://www.browndailyherald.com/2014/09/18/state-hold-hearings-whether-d...

Inconsistent Utah Test Standards Don't Help Improve Education
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611285/Inconsistency-in-school-tes...

Virginia Replaces Five Statewide Tests With Local Assessment Flexibility
http://www.yourgv.com/news/local_news/article_257d582e-3f7a-11e4-94c3-ab...

Washington State Schools Are Not Failing, NCLB Is Failing Us -- Petition Campaign
http://www.ourschoolsarenotfailing.org/

Congressional Proposal Would Put Brakes on Federal Testing Mandates
http://www.theislandnow.com/opinions/our-views-put-the-brakes-on-testing...

Most Americans Don't Support Rating Teachers on Student Test Scores: New Survey
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/most-dont-support-rating-te...

Yong Zhao Dissects Marc Tucker's "Plan to Fix Our National Accountability System"
http://www.livingindialogue.com/time-give-yong-zhao-responds-marc-tucker/

Linda Darling Hammond on Equity, Diversity and Deeper Learning
http://azednews.com/2014/09/16/linda-darling-hammond-on-equity-in-educat...

A Message From a Teacher Thinking About Quitting About the Real Impacts of Testing Overkill
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=7236

Many Nations Rethinking Emphasis on Standardized Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/education_futures/2014/09/rethinking_the_...