Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 23-29, 2015

Though pundits are already predicting many more victories for assessment reformers, activists know that winning will not be automatic. The keys to success are grassroots organizing, public education and building coalitions with political clout. That is how we will end test misuse and overuse.

National Experts Predict Opt-Out Movement Victories
http://hechingerreport.org/experts-predict-the-opt-out-movement-will-get...
National Do We Really Need To Test Special Needs Students More Than We Already Do?
http://www.alternet.org/education/do-we-really-need-test-special-needs-c...

California Low-Income Students Lose Ground With Common Core Testing
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article36244137.html

Florida Superintendents Have Lost Confidence is State's Test-Based Accountability System
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/superintendents-we-have-lost-...
Florida Test-and-Punish Ideologues Still Dominate Public Education
http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/readers/local/2015/09/22/letters...
Florida Timeout Needed on Statewide Testing Mandates
http://www.tbo.com/list/news-columns/timeout-needed-on-testing-in-florid...

Georgia State Downgrades Role of Test Scores in School Report Card Ratings
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/state-revises-school-report...

Illinois PARCC Test Frustrations
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-parcc-test-frustra...

Kansas Schools Need to Focus More on Skills That Are Not Tested
http://www.salina.com/ap/state/education-officials-say-schools-need-resh...

Massachusetts Boston Super Calls for Less Testing, Broader Assessments
http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/09/23/superintendent-chang-calls-f...

New Hampshire Smarter Balanced Test Score Reports Delayed to Mid-November
http://www.unionleader.com/No_Smarter_Balanced_test_results_until_Nov._1...

New Mexico Albuquerque Schools Make Simply Opt-Out Forms Available to Parents
http://www.koat.com/news/school-district-introduces-new-optout-forms/354...
New Mexico School Calendar Is Only a Test
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/reader-view-this-is-only...

New York State Pushing Move to Online Testing
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2015/09/8577685/state-pushi...

Ohio State Cuts Length of English and Math Tests by 40%
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/state_cuts_math_and_eng...

Oklahoma Time to Dump State Writing Test
http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/editorials/tulsa-world-editorial-time-...

Oregon High Opt-Out Rates Undermine Validity of State Test
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33517351-78/failing-the-validity-tes...

Rhode Island Kindergarten Teacher Fears Testing Our Children Into Failure
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/27/kinderga...

Texas Educator Bemoans Emphasis on Standardized Tests
http://www.wacotrib.com/news/education/waco-education-speaker-bemoans-em...

Washington High-Stakes Testing Among Major Issues Motivating Seattle Teachers Strike
http://fair.org/home/theyre-robbing-kids-of-critical-thinking/

ACT/SAT Lake Erie College Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy
https://www.lec.edu/news.php?id=10612
ACT/SAT Hampshire College Thrives While Ignoring Test Scores
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/college-684923-test-students.html
ACT/SAT 850 Schools Now Test-Optional, Including 195 in Top Tiers
http://fairtest.org/850-colleges-universities-are-testoptional-includi

U.S. Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Widens
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/business/economy/education-gap-between...

Black Males Struggle in Segregated Schools
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/black-males-struggle-in-s...

The Problem With the "Failing Schools" Label
http://www.alternet.org/education/problem-failing-schools-label

New Video on PBS: "Schools That Change Communities"
http://docmakeronline.com/