Weekly Roundup of Testing Resistance and Reform News from FairTest

FairTest

National Center for Fair & Open Testing

TO: Journalists Who Cover Education
FROM: Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
RE: Testing Resistance & Reform News
DATE: June 24, 2014

What a week!

The impacts of “Testing Resistance & Reform Spring” protests reverberate across the nation with more states suspending testing requirements or pulling out of testing consortia. Bill Gates’ call for a moratorium on some consequences from Common Core exams, quickly implemented by some political allies, reflects another way grassroots power is forcing policy elites to backpedal. To take advantage of this opportunity, parents, educators, students, and community activists need to step up advocacy campaigns to end standardized testing misuse and press for implementation of higher quality performance assessments.

Remember that back issues of these weekly updates are archived at:http://fairtest.org/news — let me know if you want to be added to the regular distribution list

What the Gates Foundation’s Embrace of a High-Stakes Testing Moratorium Really Means

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/06/john_thompson_time_for_a_truce.html

http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/06/is_a_high_stakes_moratorium_wo.html

http://radicalscholarship.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/debating-the-gates-moratorium-or-life-among-the-roadbuilders/

http://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2014/06/21/gates-foundation-sends-reformers-scrambling/

Plan for Common Core Testing “Fractures” As States Withdraw

http://hechingerreport.org/content/common-common-core-fractures-state-support-falters_16420/

Common Core National Field Tests Had Major, Known Data Security Flaw

http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/06/16/parcc-field-tests-had-major-data-security-flaws-and-of-course-they-knew-all-about-it/

Bid-Rigging Lawsuit Throws $240Million/Year Common Core Testing Contract Into Limbo

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/06/11/core-business-major-testing-company-pearson-lands-controversial-common-core/

Colorado Parent’s Letter: Fixation on Testing Hurts Local Education

http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/letters/ci_26020119/focus-testing-hurts-local-education

DC Public Schools Take “Hiatus” From Test-Based Teacher Evaluation

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/dc-public-schools-takes-hiatus-from-test-based-teacher-evaluations-as-city-moves-to-common-core-exams/2014/06/19/184b8b44-f7c2-11e3-8aa9-dad2ec039789_story.html

Supers Question Florida Writing Test Scores

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/superintendents-voice-strong-doubts-about-fcat-writing-tests/2185177

Florida Teacher Who Decried “Toxic Culture of Education” Now Running for School Board

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/blogs/school-zone/os-orange-teacher-toxic-culture–school-board-,0,1357720.post

Turmoil Over Indiana School Testing Continues

http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20140618/OPINION01/306180015/Common-Core-education

Indiana Parents Protest Testing Frequency

http://www.elkharttruth.com/news/schools/2014/06/24/Goshen-schools-questioned-by-parent-group-over-frequency-of-student-tests.html

Louisiana Governor Seeks to Block Common Core Test

http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20140618/NEWS01/140618007

Common Core Fight in Louisiana Needs Common Sense

http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/opinion/9505036-171/guest-oped-common-core-doesnt

Massachusetts Super: Adding New Tests Fits the Definition of “Insanity”

http://superintendentlps.blogspot.com/2014/06/insanity-doing-thesame-thing-over-and.html

Debate Over Massachusetts Testing System Ignores Larger Educational Questions

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2014/06/22/debate-over-dueling-test-systems-avoids-larger-education-questions/IgYBduPxOCpPHFLCGhTG3N/story.html#

New Jersey Assembly Votes to Put Brakes on Common Core Testing

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/06/18/assembly-votes-to-put-brakes-on-impact-of-common-core-testing/

New York Educator Union Head Seeks Overhaul of Exam-Score-Based Ratings

http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/06/18/nysut-head-getting-rid-of-test-scores-only-a-first-step-toward-evaluation-overhaul/#.U6LVa2OiUng

Common Core Testing Concerns Spur Teacher Evaluation Change

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/albany-watch/2014/06/19/common-core-concerns-spur-teacher-evaluation-changes/11031011/

New York Parents Outraged That Testing “Pause” Does Not Include Students

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/06/19/new-york-parents-outraged-by-cuomos-deal-on-tests-what-about-the-children/

Ohio Legislature Delays Common Core Testing Impact

http://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/news/local-education/state-slows-down-new-curriculum-testing-standards/ngMwd/

Rhode Island Legislature Passes Grad Test Suspension Bill

http://www.providencestudentunion.org/2014/06/20/ri-students-win-3-year-high-stakes-testing-ban/

Happy Rhode Island Teenager Was Prime Example for Exit Exam Repeal

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20140622-barrington-teen-who-was-denied-diploma-really-happy-ri-lawmakers-voted-to-dump-necaps.ece

South Carolina Retroactively Gives Diplomas to Adults Who Failed High School Grad Test

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/education/2014/06/18/former-students-seek-diplomas-new-law/10830371/

Tennessee Quits PARCC Testing Consortium

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/06/tennessee_quits_parcc.html

Legislators Seek Tennessee Ed. Head’s Resignation Over Test-Score Manipulation

http://www.fox17.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/lawmakers-demand-education-commissioner-huffman-resign-mikayla-lewis-21922.shtml

Texas District Super: Test Does Not Define Your Child

http://www.ketknbc.com/news/lindale-superintendent-shares-thoughts-about-staar

Education “Reform” — A National Delusion

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-nelson/education-reform-a-nation_b_5511589.html

New Analysis Rebuts Claims About Accuracy of “Value-Added” Teacher Evaluation

http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2014/06/adler-response-to-chetty

Cartoon: Transforming Teachers Into Mere Test Proctors

http://blackeducator.blogspot.com/2014/06/taylorism-20-transforming-teachers-into.html

What Real Learning Looks Like (Hint: It’s Not Test-Driven Classrooms)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/18/what-real-learning-actually-looks-like-in-class/

How Standardized Testing Keeps Us Stuck in the 20th Century

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/06/18/testing-education-update-738/

Why Education in Finland Works

“Good Morning Mission Hill” — A Model for a U.S. School Promoting Real Learning

Why Machines Should Never Be Allowed to Grade Student Writing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/06/18/sarcasm-scarlett-johannson-and-why-machines-should-never-grade-student-writing/

College to Applicants: We Won’t Look at Your SATs (or ACTs)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/college-to-applicants-we-wont-look-at-your-sats-2014-06-18

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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