Weekly Testing Resistance Roundup

Last weekend’s Network for Public Education conference in Austin provided another boost for the growing power of campaigns to overhaul school testing policies — many plenaries and workshops addressed assessment issues. This week’s large batch of clips shows the breadth and depth of the movement.

The Rising Tide of Opt Outs
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/03/opting_out_of_testing.html

States Look to Curb Standardized Tests: Opposition Forces Gain Ground
http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-468842/ (may be behind paywall for some visitors)

Sign Up for the “Testing Resistance & Reform Spring” Action Network Today
http://tinyurl.com/TestingReformSpring

“Refuse the Test” — A Superb Video from New York, Which Can Easily Be Adapted for Other States

Chicago is Focal Point for Testing Resistance
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-chicago-testing-isat-met-20140303,0,4606022.story
Teachers Say No to State Test After Parents Promise Opt-Out Campaign
http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2014/02/25/65690/teachers-saucedo-say-no-state-tests
Second Chicago School Joins ISAT Boycott
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-2nd-cps-school-votes-to-boycott-state-assessment-test-20140228,0,3961031.story
Chicago Parents Organize Coalition to Support State Test Boycott
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/parentsandthepublic/2014/02/chicago_parents_form_coalition_to_support_state_test_boycott.html
Don’t Sit for the Illinois State Achievement Test: A Parent’s Essay
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-farmer/dont-sit-for-the-isat_b_4867597.html
Chicago Teachers Union President on the Impact of Testing on Classrooms
http://www.ctunet.com/blog/the-impact-of-testing-and-natural-inequality-on-our-classrooms

California Resists Obama-Duncan Test-Driven Education Schemes
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/02/26/22kerchner.h33.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2

Seattle Teacher Leaders Vow Boycott of New Test
http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/seattle-teachers-vow-to-boycott-a-new-standardized-test/Content?oid=18966894

National Education Experts Submit Testimony Against Rhode Island High-Stakes Testing
http://www.riaclu.org/news/post/national-experts-submit-legislative-testimony-against-high-stakes-testing
Providence Superintendent Opposes Using Test to Determine High School Graduation
http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140227-providence-superintendent-comes-out-against-necap-as-graduation-requirement-poll.ece

Florida Educators Blast Damaging Assessments of Learning Disabled Children

Gates Foundation Opposes Release of Teachers’ “Value Added” Scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/27/gates-foundation-opposes-release-of-teachers-vam-scores-in-florida/
Florida Democratic Legislators Seek Three-Year Postponement of Test-Based School Grades
http://www.postonpolitics.com/2014/02/democrats-want-a-three-year-pause-on-statewide-school-testing/

Maryland Seeks Three-Year Delay of Fed. Requirement to Evaluate Teachers by Student Test Scores
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-teacher-evaluation-extension-20140225,0,1733547.story

Connecticut Parents Seek Guarantee They Can Opt Children Out of Testing
http://www.nhregister.com/social-affairs/20140227/connecticut-parents-seek-guarantee-they-can-opt-students-out-of-standardized-tests

New York Politicos Try to Deflect Common Core Testing Backlash
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/cynical-cuomo-tisch-common-core-tug-of-war-article-1.1701475
Long Islanders Plan “I Refuse: The Great American Opt Out Rally”

NYC School Chancellor Suggests Book to Calm Testing Nerves
http://www.wnyc.org/story/state-tests-approaching-chancellor-urges-humor/

New Jersey Republican Legislative Leader Says, “Time to Stop the Testing Madness”
http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20140228/OPINION02/302280007

Newspaper Shows Oklahoma Parents How to Opt Out of Unnecessary Testing
http://southcountyleader.com/bixbybulletin/parents-may-opt-out-of-unnecessary-testing-for-their-children/article_30b369d6-9f11-11e3-bcf3-001a4bcf887a.html

Group Urges Albuquerque to Opt Out of Bubble Tests
http://www.koat.com/news/new-mexico/albuquerque/group-urges-aps-parents-to-opt-out-of-bubble-tests/24786102

Nebraska Penalizes Contractor for Computerized Exam Failures
http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/problems-with-state-tests-must-be-solved-before-moving-forward/article_9e9988fc-4a84-5820-95fc-cdd4c911b158.html

How Test-Based “Accountability” Undermined the Teaching Breakdown
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2014/02/the_failure_of_test-based_accountability.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS2

Children Are Being Bullied By Politicians Obsessed by Standardized Tests
http://drjamesarnold.blogspot.com/2014/02/your-kid-is-being-bullied-but-not-in.html

School “Data Walls” May Violate Federal Privacy Walls
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/21/how-some-school-data-walls-violate-u-s-privacy-law/

Why School Isn’t for Children Anymore
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/03/why-school-isnt-for-children-anymore-teacher/

State Standardized Tests Feed a Propaganda Machine
http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/another-voice/another-voice-state-standardized-tests-feed-an-industrial-propaganda-machine-20140302

Private School Testing Fears Mirror Frustrations of Public School Parents
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/opinion/os-fcat-florida-private-schools-scott-maxwell-20140225,0,2904115.column

The Problem with Using the ACT (or SAT) as a High School Exit Exam
http://www.takepart.com/article/2014/02/26/standardized-testing-mississippi-house-bill-767-act-
Some Employers Demand SAT Scores for Misuse in Hiring Decisions
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303636404579395220334268350

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

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  1. […] Brandenburg here reproduces the listing of anti-testing news from FairTest, an organization that has been ringing the alarm bells about standardized testing for […]

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  2. […] Brandenburg here reproduces the listing of anti-testing news from FairTest, an organization that has been ringing the alarm bells about standardized testing for […]

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  3. Thank you for creating this fantastic resource for parents and teachers. May I suggest that you also focus on the fight to stop the privatization of our educational system. The push for CC and the push for charters have been working together to destroy a system that just needs real support rather than the so-called “reform” that has been breaking apart the public schools years.

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    • That is one of the things I’ve been trying to focus on for some time.

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