2015: The year of massive revolt against the billionaire educational establishment and its wacko policies?

Bob Schaeffer has his weekly roundup for the last week of 2014 and predicts that 2015 will be a watershed year for parents, teachers and other citizens to revolt against the insane regime that billionaires and their TFA acolytes have imposed on education in this country.

Here’s his post:

 

Happy New Year from FairTest !

After the major, initial successes of 2014 (see http://fairtest.org/new-fairtest-report-testing-reform-victories-first for details), all signs point to 2015 being a breakthrough year for the assessment reform movement. 

Please continue to send us your stories to share nationally.

2014: Greatest Year of Revolt Against High Stakes Testing . . . And a Prelude to 2015
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/12/31/2014-greatest-year-revolt-against-high-stakes-testing-us-history

Arkansas Families May Boycott Common Core Tests
http://swtimes.com/news/state-news/arkansas-schools-may-see-boycott-tests-aligned-common-core

Colorado Activists Launch Testing Reform Billboard Campaign
http://www.thecbe.org/support.html

Florida District Seeks to Reduce Testing Stress
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-testing-concerns-orange-school-20150101-story.html
Testing is Florida’s Dominant Education Issue
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/floridas-testing-debate-holds-sway-as-2015-begins/2212006

Topeka Kansas School Board Cuts Back Locally Mandated Tests
http://cjonline.com/news/2015-01-04/usd-501-trims-back-testing

Maine Schools Should Not Be Rated on Test Scores
http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/03/maine-voices-schools-should-be-rated-on-how-well-graduates-do-not-on-tests-they-take/

New Michigan Test Will Disrupt Student Learning
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/01/michigan_high_school_principal.html

New Jersey District Debates “Educationally Appropriate” Response to Test Opt Outs
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/to-take-or-not-to-take-parents-seek-alternative-1.1183325?page=all

New York Parents Blast Gov. Cuomo’s Reactionary Education Agenda
http://www.nysape.org/press-release—response-to-governors-letter-on-public-education.html
New York Group Critiques Federal VAM Teacher Evaluation Model
https://changethestakes.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/usdoes-proposed-regs-for-teacher-education-programs/

Utah School Grades Reflect Community Demographics, Family Income
http://www.sltrib.com/news/1971174-155/utahs-school-grades-show-link-between

Virginia is Ready to Change High-Stakes Testing
http://www.dailyprogress.com/opinion/opinion-editorial-va-ready-for-education-suggestions/article_dd185a62-9130-11e4-a78e-c345776a5eb9.html

It’s Time to Overhaul “No Child Left Behind”
http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/It-s-time-to-overhaul-No-Child-Left-Behind-law-5986038.php

The Republican Plot to Replace “No Child Left Behind”
http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/the-plot-to-overhaul-no-child-left-behind-113857.html?hp=t1_r

What Schools Could Use Instead of Standardized Tests
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/01/06/371659141/what-schools-could-use-instead-of-standardized-tests
New Book Released Today: “The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing” by Anya Kamenetz
http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Test.html?id=r8m_oAEACAAJ

Pearson’s Path to Testing Profits
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/01/01/step-one-make-educational-resources-step-two-create-tests-step-three-pr

Inside a Chinese Test-Prep Factory
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/magazine/inside-a-chinese-test-prep-factory.html?ref=magazine

Arne Duncan’s “Substance Abuse” Problem: Tests Are the Drug
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/K-12_Contrarian/2015/01/tests_are_the_drug.html

Trouble Grading Teachers With Test Scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/trouble-grading-teachers-with-test-scores/2015/01/04/3c17de94-91da-11e4-ba53-a477d66580ed_story.html

United Opt-Out National Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, Jan 16 – 18, 2015
https://www.facebook.com/events/1507022726224662/

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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