Resistance to Over-Testing is Alive and Kicking

… from Bob Schaeffer at Fair Test …

Once again, this week’s stories come from more than half the states as the testing resistance and reform movement rapidly accelerates across the U.S. and wins more victories.


What Test Scores Reveal About the “No Child Left Behind” Legacy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/10/no-child-left-behind-what-standardized-test-scores-reveal-about-its-legacy/
Five Issues Which Will Decide if No Child Left Behind Era is Over
http://neatoday.org/2015/03/04/five-issues-will-decide-era-no-child-left-behind-really/

Some Schools Resort to “Bribing” Kids to Get Them to Take Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/09/how-schools-are-bribing-kids-to-take-common-core-standardized-tests/

Arizona
‘s Problem Linking Common Core Tests to High-Stakes Testing
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/03/04/the-problem-with-linking-common-core-standards-with-high-stakes-testing
Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Student to Opt Out of Standardized Exams
http://www.yumasun.com/news/ariz-house-oks-bill-allowing-students-to-opt-out-of/article_1094acaa-c6ed-11e4-ae97-1bd898622f23.html

California Testing Protests Include Opt Out Movement and San Diego School Board Resolution 
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2015/mar/06/stringers-test-opt-out-party-chula-vista-parents/#
California Phys. Ed, Arts, Music Courses Are “Collateral Damage” in Push to Boost Test Scores
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/schools-653310-district-accountability.html

Colorado
 State School Board Says Test Opt Outs Will Have No Negative Consequences for Students, Teachers or Schools
http://www.nbc11news.com/home/headlines/What-refusing-PARCC-testing-means-for-your-childs-education-295689991.html
More Colorado Families Opting Out of New State Assessments
http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/03/09/more-families-opting-out-of-new-school-assessment-tests/

Connecticut Voters Agree: Schools Should Spend Less Time on Testing
http://www.theday.com/guest-opinions/20150308/standardized-testing-doesnt-boost-learning
Many Key Questions Not Yet Answered About Connecticut State Tests
http://ctmirror.org/2015/03/09/op-ed-many-questions-remain-unanswered-about-connecticuts-sbac-test/

Delaware Opt-Out Movement May Prompt State Review of Testing Policy
http://www.wdde.org/73904-optout-efforts-head-march
Lawmakers, Educators Seek Delay on Tying New Delaware Test to Teacher Evaluation
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/delaware/79167-delaware-lawmakers-unions-want-delay-on-tying-new-test-to-teacher-evaluation

Florida Lawmakers, School Administrators Incensed Over Computer Exam Fiasco; Seek Test Suspension
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/legislators-call-suspension-florida-standards-assessment
Computer Testing Disaster Fuels Calls for Florida Assessment System Overhaul
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/04/testing-disaster-in-florida-prompts-call-for-statewide-suspension/

Idaho Debate Brews Over Standardized Testing
http://magicvalley.com/news/local/debate-brews-over-standardized-tests/article_1aa76d3f-b9e9-5ca1-a9b9-22d40fa4cfba.html

Illinois Test Scores Not Best Predictor of School Outcomes
http://hpherald.com/2015/03/04/study%E2%80%88test-scores-not-best-measure-of-outcomes/
Chicago Principal Supports Parents Opt-Out Drive
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/03/05/must-read-chicago-principal-writes-scathing-letter-to-parents-in-support-of-opting-out/

Indiana Maps Out Minor Changes to Avoid Repeat of Testing Uproar
http://wane.com/2015/03/02/consultants-map-out-steps-to-avoid-repeat-of-testing-uproar/
Indiana State Super Says: “A Test Never Taught Anyone to Read”
http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Ritz—A-test-never-taught-anybody-to-read–5413872

Louisiana Parents’ High Anxiety as PARCC Testing Looms
http://klfy.com/2015/03/04/high-anxiety-among-parents-with-parcc-test-looming/
Opt Out of PARCC Billboards Pop Up in Louisiana
http://www.wafb.com/story/28266027/opt-out-of-parcc-billboards-popping-up-in-shreveport-bossier

Maine Bill Would Allow for Opting Out of Testing
http://news.mpbn.net/post/proposal-seeks-clear-language-allowing-maine-parents-opt-kids-out-standardized-testing

Maryland Policy Makers Weight Testing Issues
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bal-hogan-will-consider–20150303-story.html
Governor Questions Maryland Testing Volume
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/hogan-raises-concerns-about-the-number-of-tests-students-are-given/2015/03/04/2449c17e-c29a-11e4-ad5c-3b8ce89f1b89_story.html

Michigan Teacher of the Year Blasts Standardized Testing Policy
http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2015/03/michigans_teacher_of_the_year.html

Minnesota Governor Wants to Cut Number of Tests Students Take
http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/news/education/3694501-governor-wants-cut-number-tests-minnesota-students-take

Mississippi Parents Opt Their Children Out of Testing
http://www.wapt.com/news/mississippi-parents-protest-common-core-testing/31705340 
Mississippi Moves to End Exit Exam Passage Requirements
http://www.greenfieldreporter.com/view/story/88f16f41ed3b499b983c0be08b7c42ff/MS–Graduation-Tests

New Hampshire District Promises No Punishment for Students Who Opt Out
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20150310/NEWS04/150319961
New Hampshire Gets Fed’s Permission to Reduce Testing, Pilot Performance Assessment
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2015/0306/In-first-four-N.H.-school-districts-shake-up-testing-with-Feds-approval

New Jersey State Assembly Passes Bills Curbing Testing Excesses
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/03/nj_assembly_passes_testing_bills.html
PARCC Testing Can’t Be Fixed
http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/03/10/njea-president-parcc-fixed/24694437/

New Mexico Test Protest School Walkouts Continue
http://www.abqjournal.com/549544/news/walkout-over-parcc-testing.html
http://www.koat.com/news/more-than-2000-aps-students-opt-out-of-parcc/31610954

New York City School Chancellor Blasts Gov. Cuomo for Test-Based Teacher Rating Scheme
http://observer.com/2015/03/de-blasio-education-chancellor-rips-cuomo-teacher-evaluation-proposal/
Long Island, N.Y. Activists Sustain Opt-Out Pressure
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/anti-common-core-activists-keep-up-push-to-get-parents-to-opt-out-1.10030761

North Carolina School Grades Don’t Pass the Test
http://www.wect.com/story/28297727/some-educators-say-nc-performance-grades-dont-show-the-whole-picture

Ohio Won’t Punish Schools for Students Who Opt-Out of State Exams
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/03/ohio_wont_penalize_districts_for_kids_that_op-out_of_state_tests.html
Ohio State and Federal Lawmakers Work Together to Reduce School testing
http://www.ohio.com/cmlink/1.571880?print=1

Pennsylvania Schools Should Be Judged by Inspections, Not Test Scores
http://thephiladelphiacitizen.com/2015/03/ideas-we-should-steal-judging-schools-based-on-inspections-not-test-scores/#more-619

Rhode Island Parents Say No Mandatory Participation in PARCC
http://warwickonline.com/stories/Still-no-RI-law-that-mandates-participation-in-the-PARCC,100574?
Reliance on PARCC Test Will Spell Disaster for Rhode Island
https://www.rifuture.org/parcc-as-a-high-stakes-test-will-spell-disaster.html

Tennessee Task Force to Look at District Testing Overuse
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2015/03/02/mcqueen-forms-testing-taskforce/24272473/

Texas Standardized Testing Creates Parental Worries
http://viewpoints.blog.statesman.com/2015/03/05/standardized-testing-and-the-worries-it-creates/
Tide Turns Against Federal “No Child Left Behind Law” Born in Texas
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/education/article/At-the-Capitol-tide-turns-against-education-law-6117599.php?t=2ab3c39a2b&cmpid=twitter-premium

Wisconsin Over Testing Takes Joy Out of Learning and Teaching
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/jennifer-greenwald-taking-the-joy-out-of-learning-and-teaching/article_1d20be52-e8a6-5a39-b18c-583a8e5a11e0.html
Why Wisconsin Parents Are Sitting Their Kids Out of Tests
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/03/05/390239788/why-some-parents-are-sitting-kids-out-of-tests

High-Stakes Testing Has Trickled Down to Kindergarten
http://www.slate.com/blogs/schooled/2015/03/04/kindergarten_has_changed_less_time_for_play_more_time_for_standardized_tests.html

Common Core Test Tutoring Companies See Business Boon
http://www.ibtimes.com/common-core-tutoring-companies-see-business-boom-ahead-spring-tests-parents-students-1834784

The Big Error of School “Accountability”
http://www.livingindialogue.com/big-error-school-accountability/

Ditch the SATs and ACTs
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/03/09/ditch-sats-and-acts/JmwHksSlyoMkSxMdROX12H/story.html
FairTest List of “Test-Optional” Colleges and Universities
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

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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