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Testing Resistance and Reform News: April 11 - 17, 2013

This is posted here because standardized testing has morphed into such an outrage. But all this test resistance documented by Bob Schaefer is indeed Good News.

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by Bob Schaefer

After reading this week's clips, even last-ditch defenders of the test-and-punish regime will have to admit that a huge wave of protests against standardized exam misuse and overuse is sweeping the nation. On Capitol Hill in DC, where I've been much of this week, the message is definitely being heard, "Enough is enough -- roll back high-states testing!"

One measure of the rapid growth of this movement: since March 1, seven
times as many visitors have checked out FairTest's web resources on
opting out and related tactics
as in the same period
last year.

  • Florida School District Allows Students to Opt-Out of Some Tests Palm Beach Post

  • Chicagoans Fight for Education and Against Standardized Testing TruthOut

  • High-Stakes Testing Needs Scrutiny, Says Georgia State Super, Other Experts Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • Michelle's Reign of Error -- Her DC Test-Cheating Coverup LearningMatters
    'Erase to the Top' -- City Council Holds Hearing on Score Manipulation Examiner.com

  • Computer Glitch Halts Minnesota Statewide Math Test Pioneer Press

  • Pennsylvania Parents Opt Kids Out of State Tests Philly.com

  • Texas Considers Reversing High-Stakes Testing Requirements New York Times

  • Parents, Teachers Press Houston Schools to Limit Practice Tests KUHF radio

  • In Birthplace of High-Stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on its Godfather Huffington Post

  • New York Test Boycott Grows CBS Local

  • Rochester School Board Member Hold Her Kids Out of State Tests YNN TV

  • N.Y. District Tells State: Butt Out, Stop Over-Testing Our Children WNYT.com

  • Our Students Are Tested Too Much, Long Island School Officials Say Port Jefferson Patch

  • Common Core Testing Not Ready for Prime Time Washington Post

  • California Democratic Party Blasts Corporate School 'Reform' Los Angeles Times

  • Some Louisiana Students Face More Than 20 Standardized Tests Each Year The Advertiser

  • Florida Teachers Sue To Block Law That Would Evaluate Them Based on Scores From Students They Do Not Teach Washington Post

  • Eighth Grader Designs Standardized Test That Slams Standardized Tests Washington Post Answer Sheet

  • Bush, Obama Focus on Standardized Testing Leads to Opt Out Movement Washington Post

  • Standardized Testing Creates Toxic Environment in Schools Professor Says Science Daily

  • Lessons From Atlanta Statesman Journal

  • Implications of Bill Gates' Warning on Test Score Overuse Los Angeles Times

  • Why Excessive Standardized Testing is Causing American Schools to Fail US News & World Report

  • Test-and-Punish Sabotages Quality of Children's Education -- Linda
    Darling-Hammond talks about FairTest's recent cheating survey


  • What's Been Lost in the Bubbles -- FairTest Board member Linda Nathan's Speech to Occupy DOE

  • Forget Test Prep, Students Need to Learn 'Grit'

  • — Bob Schaefer, compiler
    e-mail lists




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