Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 3 - 9, 2014

The school year is barely underway, but testing resistance and reform actions are already escalating across the nation. In an attempt to slow the momentum and maintain the test-and-punish status quo, state and federal politicians continue to push back deadlines for implementing new exams and suspend punitive consequences. But parents, educators, students, community leaders and local officials will not relent until there is genuine assessment reform, ending standardized exam misuse and overuse.

If you have not done so already, be sure to read FairTest's new report "Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave."  It is linked in the first story

Assessment Reform Movement Grows and Wins Successes Nationally
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/08/anti-test...

There's Something Happening Here
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=7172

Connecticut Suspends School Rating System
http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Connecticut-school-ranking-system...?
Connecticut Governor, Seeking Reelection, Proposed Slight Reduction in Testing Time
http://wnpr.org/post/should-connecticut-students-spend-less-time-taking-...

Florida County Rescinds "Opt Out" Vote But Moves Forward Against Test Misuse and Overuse
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/26424882/lee-countys-opt-out-vote-rescinded-3...
Lee County Schools Crammed With Exams -- Tests Administered on Every Day of the Academic Year
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/09/07/opt-fallout-le...
Testing Revolt Brews in Florida as Miami Superintendent Calls for "Pause" in School Accountability Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/06/testing-r...
Kindergarten Testing in Florida: More Politically-Driven Madness
http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/kathleen-oropeza-more-testin...

Georgia Suspends Test-Based Grades For At Least One Year
http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/104154/
Georgia's System to Grade Teachers is Paralyzing
http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-09-05/state-system-grade-teac...

New Tests Leave Indiana Teachers Scrambling
http://www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2014/09/02/new-standards-se...
Group Tackles Indiana Education Issues
http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140906/LOCAL/309069957/1002/LOCAL

Excessive Testing Hurts Iowa Students
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/abetteriowa/2014/09/05/ex...

"Less Testing, More Learning" Campaign Launched in Massachusetts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Less-Testing-More-Learning-MA/81543330180...

Which Tests Should Minnesota Cut Back
http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2014/09/student-tests-should-minn...

New Hampshire District Tries to Opt Out of New Test
http://nhpr.org/post/state-manchester-smarter-balanced-test-not-optional

New Jersey Teachers Union Call to Scale Back Testing
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/a_union_call_to_scale_back_s...

Validity of New Mexico Teacher Evaluation System is Challenged
http://krwg.org/post/validity-teacher-evaluation-system-questioned

New York School Supers Blast State's Test-Based Teacher Grades
http://www.theislandnow.com/great_neck/school-supers-blast-state-s-teach...

Ohio Teacher: I Can No Longer Throw My Students to the Testing Wolves
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/05/teacher-n...

Oklahoma Standardized Exams Have Failed the Test of Time
http://hennesseyclipper.com/standardized-testing-has-failed-the-test-p75...
Oklahoma City Schools Chief Wants Third Grade Promotion Test Law Repealed
http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/OKC-schools-head-says-repeal-3rd-g...

Pennsylvania Principals Question Role of Test Scores in Evaluation Process
http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalle...

Rhode Island Begins Review of Student Over-Testing
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20140902-gist-and-educat...

Exit Exam No Longer a Hurdle to Getting a South Carolina High School Diploma
http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1092507#.VAj6qBYXNrs

University of Texas Professor Debunks Standardized Testing
http://www.texasobserver.org/walter-stroup-standardized-testing-pearson/
Texas Mimics New York in Pushing Back Test Consequences
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/09/texas_mimics_ny_sta...

Utah Schools Prepare for "Failing" Grades From New Tests
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865610338/Are-you-ready-for-your-chil...

Back to School Advice: Opt Out of High-Stakes Exams
http://www.livingindialogue.com/back-school-advice-opt-high-stakes-stand...

Education is Not a Business
http://www.yourwestvalley.com/opinion/article_80f595a0-3457-11e4-b1af-00...

(Mis)Using Tests for the Wrong Purposes
http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/96/1/46.full

Holding Kids Back Does Not Help Them Academically
http://theconversation.com/keeping-children-back-a-year-doesnt-help-them...

Dickens and Standardized Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-breslin/dickens-and-standardized-tes...

States That Lose NLCB Waivers Are Boon for Test Coaching Companies
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/08/waiver_setbacks_sp...