Weekly Roundup of Resistance

Sorry for not keeping on top of this – Bob has these lists every single week!

With stories from more than half of the 50 states, this week’s news clips show the expanding breadth, depth and clout of the assessment resistance and reform movement. You can help strengthen support for grassroots activism by making contributing to the campaign for Less Testing, More Learning

      https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairtest

National
“We Now Know That Students Cannot Be Tested Out of Poverty”
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/243692-dc-civil-rights-organizations-fail-to-represent-education-civil
Keep Pressing the U.S. Senate to Roll Back Federal Test Overkill Mandate
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Arkansas on Verge of Dropping PARCC Test
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2015/06/arkansas_poised_to_drop_parccs_common-core_test_in_favor_of_act.html

California
Schools Face Challenge of Explaining Common Core Test Results to Parents
http://edsource.org/2015/schools-face-challenge-of-explaining-common-core-test-results-to-parents/80735#.VW77FPlLUZx
California Rural Districts Develop Innovative Assessment Alternatives
http://www.pinerivertimes.com/article/20150604/PRT01/150609875/-1/prt/Bayfield-school-district-helps-create-testing-alternative

Connecticut
New Law Would Reduce Test Exhaustion for 11th Graders
http://wnpr.org/post/new-law-would-reduce-test-exhaustion-connecticuts-11th-graders#stream/0

Delaware
Parents Understand Why to Opt Out
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/06/02/parents-know-smarter-balance-test-bad-kids/28383361/

Florida
Testing Problems Mean Fewer Third Graders Held Back
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-third-graders-reading-retention-20150603-story.html
Florida Too Much Testing in Schools Critics Say
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150604/ARTICLE/150609853

Idaho
Test Contractor Problems Delay Score Reporting
http://www.idahoednews.org/news/isat-test-results-hit-a-series-of-delays/#.VW8N4PlLUZw

Indiana
District Supers Call for True Accountability, Not Reliance on ISTEP Scores
http://www.jconline.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/06/04/op-ed-bad-news-coming-istep/28492025/
Indiana High-Stakes Testing To Come Under Scrutiny by Legislative Committee
http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/high-stakes-testing-to-come-under-scrutiny/article_ef7efa79-a5d5-5ed7-859e-d6b79a5d9e2c.html

Kansas
Trying to Pilot Local Assessments Under NCLB Waiver
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/06/kansas_tried_for_local_tests_u.html

Louisiana
SciTech Charter School Testing Irregularities
http://thelensnola.org/2015/06/03/scitech-charter-leader-let-students-take-tests-for-each-other-and-at-home/

Maine School Officials Say Test is Fatally Flawed
http://www.mdislander.com/maine-news/education-news/test-fatally-flawed-school-officials-say
Maine House and Senate Revive Test Opt-Out Bill
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/08/politics/standardized-testing-opt-out-bill-revived-by-maine-house-senate/

Massachusetts Groups Launch Week of Actions for Less Testing, More Learning
http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org/get-ready-for-a-week-of-action-for-less-testing-more-learning/
Massachusetts Teacher Takes Stand Against Controversial Tests
http://www.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/local-teacher-takes-stand-against-controversial-tests/article_220e0928-d92e-5a1d-998c-4509d5530718.html

Michigan
Is There Too Much Testing in Public Schools
http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/washtenaw-county/interview-is-there-too-much-testing-in-michigan-schools

Missouri
Legislature Throws Out Smarter Balanced Test
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-legislature-throws-common-core-test-out-the-window/article_09441f40-b77a-5f0d-ae9f-7678a30d551a.html

Montana
Flawed Test Cancellation May Threaten Federal School Ratings
http://helenair.com/news/education/state/schools-break-from-glitchy-tests-threatens-their-passing-grade/article_4ed2c4dd-bf6e-5d85-bc5a-ac67f9a1fb90.html
Montana New Bugs Further Delay Test Administration
http://ravallirepublic.com/news/state-and-regional/article_ea5ba2cd-6af8-5790-9ddf-ae620f162c42.html

New Hampshire
Opt Outs Drove City Participation Rate Below 95%
http://nhpr.org/post/manchester-and-nashua-miss-federal-bar-test-participation

New Jersey
Local Opt-Out Rates Approached 50%
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/montclair-parcc-opt-out-numbers-over-47-percent-1.1348072

New York
How Standardized Testing Can Maintain the Status Quo
http://www.alternet.org/education/how-standardized-testing-reveals-stark-inequalities-between-rich-and-poor
New York Students Hold Hearing at State Capitol on Testing Policies
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/236290/for-students-a-lesson-in-policy-that-affects-them-education/
New York Judge Finds Second Version of State Teacher Licensing Test Racially Biased
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/06/nyregion/judge-rules-second-version-of-new-york-teachers-exam-is-also-racially-biased.html

North Carolina End of Course Tests Cause Too Much Stress, Dread
http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20150605/OPINION01/306059995?p=1&tc=pg
North Carolina Test Taking Is Not True Learning
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article23221716.html

Oklahoma
Throws Out Writing Test Scores Due to Reliability Concerns
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/writing-tests-won-t-count-on-schools-a-f-report/article_ab4ea186-6825-5638-a487-295599c367a3.html
Oklahoma Questions Raised Over Quality of Temp Exam Graders
http://oklahomawatch.org/2015/06/04/concerns-raised-on-use-of-temp-agency-test-graders/

Oregon
Meaningful Learning Can’t Be Measured With a Standardized Test
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33117498-78/meaningful-learning-cant-be-standardized.html.csp

Pennsylvania
Hundreds of Philly Students Opted Out of Tests This Year
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/82667-sanctions-or-success-hundreds-of-philly-students-opted-out-of-standardized-tests-this-year

Rhode Island
ACLU, Other Groups Petition for Public Hearings on Using PARCC Test for Graduation
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150602/NEWS/150609868/13748/NEWS
Rhode Island Listen to Teachers About Tests
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150603/OPINION/150609801/2011

Texas Teachers Give Failing Marks to New State School Grading Scheme
http://www.sacurrent.com/Blogs/archives/2015/06/02/new-school-assessment-scale-fails-with-sa-teachers
Texas Houston Schools Will Scale Back Local Testing in Response to Grassroots Pressure
http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2015/06/hisd-to-scale-back-testing/

Utah Education Organization Wants to Reduce the Impact of Standardized Exams
http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_604be4cc-0b10-11e5-8830-f73cced7d68b.html

Virginia
Governor Signs Testing Reform Bills
http://www.newsplex.com/home/headlines/Governor-Signs-SOL-Reform-Bills-305897751.html
Virginia Parents Protest SOL Exam Volume
http://wvtf.org/post/richmond-parents-protest-sol-tests

Washington Testing Overkill Takes Toll of Parents, Students
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jun/05/thats-life-testing-takes-toll-on-parents-students/

Wyoming
Testing Task Force Begins Work
http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/testing-task-force-begins-work

International
SAT Cheating Scandal Broadens with Indictment of 15 Chinese Nationals
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/06/03/sat-cheating-scandal-broadens-with-indictment-of-15-chinese-nationals/

“High-Stakes Testing” Podcast From Humankind Radio
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/humankind-on-public-radio/id806933156?mt=2

Five Myths About Standardized Testing and the Opt-Out Movement
http://www.empowermagazine.com/5-myths-standardized-testing-opt-movement/

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

Students Create Art Answering the Question “How Do You Feel About Standardized Tests”
http://mschangart.weebly.com/home/students-create-art-answering-the-question-how-do-you-feel-about-standardized-tests

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