Weekly roundup of resistance from Bob Schaeffer of FairTest

another week of resistance to the idiotic reign of error and testing:

Testing Resistance & Reform Spring is taking off across the nation. This week’s stories include articles about protests against standardized exam overkill in a dozen states plus several excellent commentaries. Be sure to post your events and take advantage of the resources available to support your work via the new, simpler URL: http://www.resistthetest.org — as always, feel free to use or adapt the many useful fact sheets at http://www.fairtest.org

Test Skeptics Aim to Build Support Through Opt-Out and Boycott Strategies
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/12/24boycotts_ep.h33.html

Educators Boycotting Chicago Exam Spend Day Teaching Not Testing
http://www.wbez.org/news/saucedo-teachers-spend-day-1-isat-teaching-concerns-raised-about-intimidation-109815
National Leaders Support Chicago Test Boycott
http://dianeravitch.net/2014/03/09/leading-educators-support-chicago-test-boycott/
Resources for Supporting Chicago Parents and Teachers Protesting the ISAT
http://morethanascorechicago.org/2014/03/03/isat-opt-out-support-kit/

Dressed in Clown Suits, Maryland Teachers Protest Excessive Testing

Maryland Super Tells Parents State Test is Useless
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/03/joshua_starr_to_parents_upcomi.html

Florida Ed Commissioner’s Arrogant Letter Angers Mother of Recently Deceased Disabled Child
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/ethan-rediske-act_n_4899010.html
Testing Fixation Drives Florida School Board Member to Quit, Fight on Larger Battleground
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/06/the-drive-to-test-test-and-re-test-leads-famous-school-board-member-to-quit/

Worcester Mass. School Committee Will Allow Students to Opt Out of Common Core Pilot Exam
http://www.telegram.com/article/20140307/NEWS/303079875/1116
More Massachusetts Education Leaders Criticize Double-Testing
http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20140310/NEWS/140319857

New York Protests Intensify as Common Core Tests Loom
http://www.longislandpress.com/2014/03/10/common-core-tests-loom-intensifying-debate-in-ny/
Rochester, NY, Teachers Association Brings Suit Against “Value Added” Evaluations
http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/teachers-union-sues-over-evaluations/Content?oid=2346958

Connecticut Educators Want to Reexamine Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Model
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/teacher_union_wants_to_revisit_teacher_evaluation_method
Connecticut Parents Seek to Opt Children Out of Common Core Tests
http://www.ctnow.com/news/hc-parents-opting-out-20140228,0,1363518.story
The Brave New World of “College and Career Readiness” Testing
http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/archives/entry/the_brave_new_world_of_being_college_and_career_ready

North Carolina Families Opt Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/03/09/3682922/opting-out-of-standardized-testing.html

Penn. Parents Join Forces to Opt Kids Out of Standardized Tests
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/parents-join-forces-to-opt-kids-out-of-standardized-tests/article_88aff918-a643-11e3-aa64-0017a43b2370.html

Arkansas Professor Urges 11th Graders to Opt Out of Literacy Test
http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2014/03/10/ua-prof-calls-for-students-to-opt-out-of-11th-grade-literacy-test

Tennessee Teacher Sue Claiming “Value-Added” Assessment is Arbitrary and Unconstitutional
http://tnedreport.com/?p=753

Virginia Lawmakers Seek to Reduce Number of Standardized Tests
http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Va-Lawmakers-Aim-to-Reduce-Number-of-Standardized-Tests-249339961.html

Nashua, New Hampshire Board Backs Delay of New Test
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/1030167-469/majority-of-nashua-school-board-members-back.html

NEA Pushes Bill to Reduce Federal Testing Mandates
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/03/nea_pushes_legislation_to_redu.html

When Education is Nothing But a Test Score
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/05/23mcgill.h33.html

13 Ways High-Stakes Exams Hurt Students
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/10/13-ways-high-stakes-standardized-tests-hurt-students/

Believing We Can Improve Schooling with More Tests is Like Believing You Can Make Yourself Grow Taller by Measuring Your Height

Accountability and Motivation — Test-Driven Policies Get it Wrong
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2014/03/accountability_and_motivation.html?cmp=SOC-SHR-TW

Common Core Testing Further Undermines Educational Equity
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/10/the-myth-of-common-core-equity/

I Opted My Kids Out of Standardized Tests, Then Learned a Thing or Two
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/family/2014/03/standardized_testing_i_opted_my_kids_out_the_schools_freaked_out_now_i_know.html

Testing Diverted The War on Poverty — By FairTest Board member Deborah Meier
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/03/05/23meier.h33.html

Parent to Pres. Obama: Why Don’t Private Schools Adopt Test-Driven “Reforms”?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/05/parent-to-obama-why-dont-private-schools-adopt-your-test-based-school-reforms/

What the U.S. Can Learn From Finland
http://www.npr.org/2014/03/08/287255411/what-the-u-s-can-learn-from-finland-where-school-starts-at-age-7

Activists Call for Congressional Hearings on Standardized Test Misuse
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/04/activist-calls-for-congressional-hearings-on-standardized-testing-gets-unexpected-support/

Critics Give SAT Revisions a Failing Grade
http://www.mintpressnews.com/critics-give-new-sat-reforms-failing-score/185941/
The Real Reason the SAT is Changing: Competition from ACT
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/03/05/why-the-sat-is-really-changing-its-facing-tough-competition-from-the-act/
College President: SAT is Part Hoax and Part Fraud
http://time.com/15199/college-president-sat-is-part-hoax-and-part-fraud/
FairTest News Releases
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-questions-college-board-plans-new-sat and http://fairtest.org/node/2964

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office- (239) 395-6773 fax (239) 395-6779
mobile- (239) 699-0468

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