Last Week’s News On Protests Against Educational DEforms

A weekly roundup by Bob Schaeffer:

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Atlanta School Leaders Indicted in Test-Cheating Scandal
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/30/us/former-school-chief-in-atlanta-indicted-in-cheating-scandal.html
Atlanta Test Cheating: Tip of the Iceberg
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/01/atlanta-test-cheating-tip-of-the-iceberg/
Teacher Leader Blames High-Stakes Testing Pressure for Wave of Cheating Scandals
http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/news/ysleta-isd-teachers-association-president-blames-s/nW63K/
Atlanta Scandal Exposes Test Score Racket
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-the-racket-with-standardized-test-scores/2013/04/01/1bbd61ea-9b01-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html
Let’s Stop Cheating Our Kids With High-Stakes Testing
http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/02/op-ed-lets-stop-cheating-our-kids-high-stakes-testing
New FairTest Report Finds Widespread Test Score Manipulation, Further Undermining Credibility
http://www.fairtest.org/2013-Cheating-Report-PressRelease

Cheating Scandals Are a Direct Result of George W. Bush Texas “Reforms”
http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2013/04/commentary-cheating-scandals-are-an-inevitable-result-of-george-w-bushs-educational-reform/
Road to Atlanta Cheating Scandal Runs Right Through Obama-Duncan White House
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/03/bill-ayers-road-to-atlanta-cheating-scandal-runs-right-through-white-house/

Texas Reevaluates Testing in Lower Grades
http://www.texastribune.org/2013/04/02/lawmakers-examine-high-stakes-testing-lower-grades/
Texas Parents Join Forces to Reduce Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/parentsandthepublic/2013/04/texas_parents_join_forces_to_reduce_testing.html

Culture of Testing Drives N.Y. Parents to Opt-Out
http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/03/post_449.html
Parents Stand with Teachers Against Excessive Testing
http://rochesterhomepage.net/fulltext?nxd_id=379992
Bloomberg Testing Policy Flunks 2,000+ NYC Third Graders
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/third_class_kids_are_falling_behind_ueO5Zc5QE8XxfGrJHHPi5N

Look Beyond Standardized Testing to Grade Students
http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville/news/x1551272742/Column-Look-beyond-standardized-testing-to-grade-students

Santa Claus and Standardized Tests: A View from Colorado
http://www.ednewscolorado.org/voices/voices-santa-claus-and-standardized-tests

Portland, Oregon, Students Say: “Testing Isn’t Educating”
http://socialistworker.org/2013/04/02/testing-isnt-educating

Rhetoric vs Research on Rhode Island High-Stakes Test
http://blogs.providencejournal.com/ri-talks/this-new-england/2013/03/bruce-marlowe-rhetoric-and-research-on-necap.html

Parents Opt Children Out of Chicago Testing Overkill
http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/cps-opt-out-standardized-tests-reach-map/Content?oid=9144250

Teaching to the Test is Taking Over Mississippi Schools: Diary of a First-Year Teacher
http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/04/01/diary-first-year-teacher-teaching-test-taking-over-Mississippi-school

No Punishment for Seattle Teachers’ MAP Test Boycott
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2013/03/no-punishment-for-teachers-in-seattle-test-boycott/
Victory for Garfield (and other school) Teachers
http://scrapthemap.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/victory-for-the-garfield-teachers-and-other-map-boycotting-schools-in-in-seattle/

Why I Won’t Let My Son Take the Pennsylvania PSSA Test
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/perspectives/why-i-wont-let-my-son-take-the-pssa-681537/

Opting Out of Florida Test is Possible, Though Schools Discourage It
http://www.bakercountypress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2531:opting-out-of-fcat-is-doable-but-district-discourages-it&catid=59:news&Itemid=57

Opt-Out Activists to Occupy U.S. Department of Energy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/29/key-education-activists-protesting-in-d-c-next-week/

United Kingdom Teachers Union Moves Toward 2014 Test Boycott
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9964911/Teachers-call-for-boycott-of-primary-school-literacy-tests.html

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
ph-   (239) 395-6773    fax-  (239) 395-6779
cell-  (239) 699-0468
web- http://www.fairtest.org

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