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Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 1 - August 7, 2013

With schools around the nation beginning to reopen, here's another spate of stories about test-score manipulation and the growing movement to reduce the emphasis on standardized exams.

Indiana School Grading Scandal: No Excuse for Bennett's Cheating
http://www.chestertontribune.com/Indiana%20News/guest_commentary_on_the_school_g.htm

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 25 - 31, 2013

Over the summer, there's been a sharp increase in investigative reports about the companies that make standardized exams, the fraudulent school grades derived from them, and the collateral damage from testing overkill. All of this will be valuable ammunition to escalate assessment reform campaigns when school resumes as soon as next week in some parts of the south and west.

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 18 - 24, 2013

How much more evidence do policy makers need before they recognize that test-and-punish policies have failed? Learning gains have stagnated, progress toward closing the "achievement gap" has stalled, and their constituents increasingly reject the strategy. Even some of their strongest newspaper editorial page allies -- including the New York Times and Los Angeles Times -- are saying that it is time to look at alternative approaches.  Enough is enough!

Major National Survey Finds Parents Strongly Oppose Standardized Testing Misuse and Overuse

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 11 - 17, 2013

It's mid-summer, so news about about assessment reform must surely have slowed down . . . NOT! 

Here's the latest collection of great stories and commentaries to use as ammunition both now and when school resumes in a few weeks.  Sorry that it is so "fat," but the size reflects the great work so many of you are doing.

The Trouble with Testing Mania -- NYTimes Editorial Moves Away From Test-and-Punish Embrace

Testing Resistance & Reform News: July 4 - 10, 2013

With schools out for the summer, this week's media coverage includes fewer stories about testing protests but more about reevaluating assessment policies.  Believe it or not, public schools in several states open for a new year of classes in just a few weeks - -  let another round of resistance to high-stakes testing begin!

Rhode Island Legislators Overwhelmingly Oppose Graduation Test Proposal

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 27 - July 3, 2013

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 20 - 26, 2013

A major theme in many of this week's news clips is the poor reliability of test scores and the lack of accountability among the firms that make standardized exams.  There are also a number of very good stories and opinion pieces about the flaws of test-driven education as well as the better assessment systems being developed in other nations.

Indiana Seeks $614,000 Penalty from McGraw-Hill for Computer Testing System Collapse

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 13-19, 2013

 

Testing Resistance & Reform News: June 6 - 12, 2013

Many major stories about assessment reform progress this week -- Texas significantly reduces standardized exam mandates; a rally in Albany opposes testing overkill, and major national groups call for a moratorium on Common Core tests

Texas Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Two-Thirds of Required High-Stakes Exams

Testing Resistance & Reform News: May 30 - June 5, 2013

There's been significant progress this week with more major groups and leaders speaking out against high-stakes testing, intensified grassroots organizing, and an ever-increasing volume of incisive commentaries. But much more pressure is needed to sway politicians still operating in insulated test-and-punish "bubbles"

National Council of English Teachers Calls for Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing
    http://www.ncte.org/governance/hayes5-28-13

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