Resisting the Maniacal Testing Regime – from Bob Schaeffer

Here’s Bob Schaeffers weekly roundup of current resistance to our Orwellian testing regime.

(As you may have noticed, I haven’t been keeping up – visiting daughter & family out in SF, taking care of grand-daughter here in DC, and taking care of an aching back – caused by ditch digging at the observatory I belong to)

It really is wonderful to see all these people actively resisting the testing regime being foisted on us by clueless, greedy billionaires:

 

As testing season peaks in U.S. public schools, the tide of resistance continues to surge.

Many Students Blow Off California Smarter Balanced Pilot Exams
http://www.scotscoop.com/39589Why My Kids Played Hookey From This Year’s Colorado State Tests
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_25684942/why-my-kids-played-hooky-from-school-tests

 

Many Connecticut Students Skip New Common Core Tests
http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/29072/some-students-skip-new-common-core-tests/

Alternative to Connecticut’s Failed Tests is Not More Tests
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Solution-to-failed-tests-is-not-more-tests-5449394.php 

Meet the New Florida Test, Same as the Old Test With a Different Name
http://folioweekly.com/MEET-THE-NEW-TEST-SAME-AS-THE-OLD-TEST,9636

Teachers Refuse to Give Tests at High School for New Immigrants
http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/teachers-refuse-to-do-standardized-tests/
Politically Driven Third-Grade Reading Test is “Path to Failure” for North Carolina
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/30/3823800/politics-driven-read-to-achieve.html?sp=%2F99%2F108%2F
School Board Member Calls North Carolina Testing Regime “Abuse”
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/30/3821610/wake-county-school-board-member.html 

Ohio Parents and Teachers Skewer State-Mandated High-Stakes Exams
http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/04/30/Sylanians-skewer-state-mandated-testing.html

Parents Mobilize to Overhaul Third Grade Reading Test Requirement
http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/05/02/columbus-third-grade-reading-tests.html 

Cutting Exams Will Save Pennsylvania Taxpayers Millions
http://www.dailylocal.com/social-affairs/20140504/limits-on-keystone-exams-will-save-money-dinniman

Letter: Opt Your Kids Out of Pennsylvania’s Classroom Diagnostic Test
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci_25697503/opt-your-kids-out-cdt-test-letter 

Rhode Island Legislature May End Grad Test Requirement
http://wpri.com/2014/04/29/senate-house-could-end-necap-grad-requirement/

 

Teachers to Sue Houston, Texas, Over Test-Score-Based Evaluations
http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2014/04/hisd-teachers-to-sue-over-job-evaluation-system/

Texas Governor Candidate Supports Less Testing, More Performance-Based Assessment
http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/davis-calls-for-reduced-emphasis-on-standardized-t/21306/QKeFDnuL3U-qHvuTLFYvfQ 

Arne Duncan Will Soon Label Every Washington State School a Failure: Cue the Revolt
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/29

Washington School Board Member to Duncan: Take Your Waiver and . . . .
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/04/arne-duncan-can-keep-his-cynical-nclb-waiver-washington-school-board-member/ 

Pearson Wins Huge Common Core Testing Contract Despite Track-Record of Failures
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/05/pearson-of-course-wins-huge-common-core-testing-contract/

 

10 Things SAT Scores Won’t Tell You
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-the-sat-wont-tell-you-2014-05-02

 

Principal: Test-Fixated “Reform” Is Destroying Childhood
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-sheninger/education-reform-destroying-childhood_b_5235535.html

 

Standardized Exam Essay Robo-Graders Flunk the Test
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/04/30/standardized-test-robo-graders-flunk/xYxc4fJPzDr42wlK6HETpO/story.html

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office-   (239) 395-6773   fax-  (239) 395-6779
mobile- (239) 696-0468
web-  http://www.fairtest.org

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