Testing Resistance & Reform News: September 30 - October 6, 2015

Though recent leadership upheavals in the Obama Administration and Congress have temporarily slowed the overhaul of "No Child Left Behind," there's substantial assessment reform progress at the state and local levels as well as in college admissions.  

Remember that back issues of these weekly news summaries are archived online at: http://fairtest.org/news/other

National Arne Duncan's Shameful Legacy
https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2015/10/05/arne-duncans-misguided-policies/

National Appointment of John King is "Deja Vu All Over Again"
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/10/05/john-thompson-how-kings-appointment-could-hurts-democrats-in-2016/

California Teachers Think Critical Thinking Much More Important Than Test Scores
http://laschoolreport.com/ca-teachers-view-critical-thinking-most-important-for-college-readiness/

Colorado Test-Driven Public Schools Deprive Us of Creativity
http://cuindependent.com/2015/09/29/public-schools-deprive-us-of-creativity/

Connecticut Right Policy to Prioritize Learning Over Testing
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Malloy-right-to-push-learning-over-testing-6538266.php

Connecticut Heed Lessons From Teenagers
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Wendy-Lecker-Heeding-the-lessons-of-teenagers-6545659.php

Florida Time to Throw Out Bush-Era Test-and-Punish Reforms 
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/romano-time-to-throw-out-bush-era-education-reforms/2248261

Florida Time to Get Teachers and Legislators on the Same Page
http://staugustine.com/opinions/2015-09-28/letter-lets-get-teachers-and-tallahassee-same-page#.Vgsefb9LUZx

Florida Superintendents Right to Distrust Test Scores
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/editorials/fl-editorial-superintendents-fsa-20150929-story.html

Idaho Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.idahoednews.org/news/federal-lawsuit-targets-idaho-core-standards-sbac-exam/#.VgruML9LUZx

Idaho Super Wants to End Ninth Grade Testing Requirement
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/09/29/4011545/ybarra-will-seek-to-stop-required.html

Illinois 70% of School Grades Will Not Be Based on Test Scores
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-school-ratings-met-20151004-story.html

Indiana Lawmakers Respond to Mounting Concerns Over Standardized Testing
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/lawmakers-consider-mounting-concerns-over-istep-and-standardized-testing

Maine Dozen Colleges Across the State Downplay College Admissions Tests
https://bangordailynews.com/2015/09/29/news/state/12-maine-colleges-downplay-test-scores-for-admission/

Massachusetts Something Is Rotten With State Testing
http://learninglab.wbur.org/2015/10/02/guest-commentary-something-is-rotten-in-the-state-of-massachusetts/

New Jersey Students, Parents, Teachers, Schools Still Waiting for PARCC Test-Score Reports
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/10/when_will_parcc_scores_come_out_in_nj.html

New York Opt Out Leaders Protest Phony Cuomo Commission to Review Common Core and Tests
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/09/29/ny-opt-out-leaders-protest-phony-cuomo-commission/

Ohio Test Results Are Latest Threat to Unravel Common Core
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/confusing-ohio-test-results-are-latest-effort-to-unravel-common-cores-promise/2015/10/03/59bb1306-6157-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html
 
Ohio Jonathan Kozol Calls for Teaching Critical Thinking Instead of "Acquiescent" Test-Taking
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/09/bestselling_author_jonathan_ko.html

Pennsylvania Teachers Union Head Calls for Moratorium on Use of Scores From New Test
http://fox43.com/2015/09/29/teachers-union-president-calls-for-moratorium-on-new-pssa-test/

Pennsylvania Emphasis on Standardized Testing Has Gone Too Far
http://www.pottsmerc.com/opinion/20151005/pssas-emphasis-on-standardized-testing-has-gone-too-far

Pennsylvania "Value-Added" Data is Valueless
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2015/10/pa-value-less-data.html?spref=tw

Wyoming State Task Force on Assessments Recommends End of 11th Grade ACT Testing Requirement
http://k2radio.com/wyoming-panel-recommends-no-act-in-11th-grade/

ACT/SAT Trinity College Joins Test-Optional Admissions Movement
http://www.trincoll.edu/Admissions/Pages/TestOptional.aspx

ACT/SAT Exam Cancellation Blamed on Testing Company
http://www.sfgate.com/education/article/SAT-exam-cancellation-in-S-F-blamed-on-testing-6552305.php

Testing Industry: Company Executives Get Rich at the Expense of Students, Teachers and Taxpayers
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/09/30/how-much-do-big-education-nonprofits-pay-their-bosses-quite-a-bit-it-turns-out/

New Book by Vicki Abeles: Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation
http://beyondmeasurefilm.com/beyond-measure-book/