Testing Resistance and Reform News: April 11 - 17, 2013

 

After reading this week's clips, even last-ditch defenders of the test-and-punish regime will have to admit that a huge wave of protests against standardized exam misuse and overuse is sweeping     the nation. On Capitol Hill in DC, where I've been much of this week, the message is definitely being heard, "Enough is enough -- roll back high-states testing!"
 
One measure of the rapid growth of this movement: since March 1, seven times as many visitors have checked out FairTest's web resources on opting out and related tactics (http://www.fairtest.org/get-involved/opting-out) as in the same period last year.
Florida School District Allows Students to Opt-Out of Some Tests
    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/district-allowing-middle-school-math-students-to-o/nXJPB/

Chicagoans Fight for Education and Against Standardized Testing
    http://truth-out.org/news/item/15660-chicagoans-fight-for-education-and-against-standardized-testing

High-Stakes Testing Needs Scrutiny, Says Georgia State Super, Other Experts
    http://www.myajc.com/news/news/high-stakes-testing-needs-scrutiny-barge-and-other/nXHCp/

Michelle's Reign of Error -- Her DC Test-Cheating Coverup
    http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?pb32

 
"Erase to the Top" -- City Council Holds Hearing on Score Manipulation
    http://www.examiner.com/article/michelle-rhee-erase-to-the-top

Computer Glitch Halts Minnesota Statewide Math Test 
    http://www.twincities.com/minnesota/ci_23037427/minnesota-students-math-test-halted-after-computer-problems

Pennsylvania Parents Opt Kids Out of State Tests
    http://articles.philly.com/2013-04-10/news/38437235_1_pssas-standardized-tests-parents

Texas Considers Reversing High-Stakes Testing Requirements
     http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/11/education/texas-considers-reversing-tough-testing-and-graduation-requirements.html

 
 
In Birthplace of High-Stakes Testing, Lawmakers Turn on its Godfather
     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford/sandy-kress_b_3069159.html

New York Test Boycott Grows
     http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/17/common-core-boycott-grows-in-new-york-as-testing-continues/

 
 
N.Y. District Tells State: Butt Out, Stop Over-Testing Our Children
     http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S2992548.shtml?cat00
 
Our Students Are Tested Too Much, Long Island School Officials Say
     http://portjefferson.patch.com/articles/our-kids-are-tested-too-much-comsewogue-school-officials-says
 
Common Core Testing Not Ready for Prime Time
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/16/common-core-testing-begins-in-ny-but-are-exams-ready-for-prime-time/

California Democratic Party Blasts Corporate School "Reform"
     http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-democrats-20130415,0,2919125.story?track=rss

Some Louisiana Students Face More Than 20 Standardized Tests Each Year   http://www.theadvertiser.com/article/20130413/NEWS01/304130024/Testing-system

Florida Teachers Sue To Block Law That Would Evaluate Them Based on Scores From Students They Do Not Teach
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/teachers-in-florida-sue-state-claiming-job-evaluation-system-is-unfair/2013/04/16/32fbb400-a6c4-11e2-8302-3c7e0ea97057_story.html

Eighth Grader Designs Standardized Test That Slams Standardized Tests
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/04/17/eighth-grader-designs-standardized-test-that-slams-standardized-tests/

Bush, Obama Focus on Standardized Testing Leads to Opt Out Movement
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/bush-obama-focus-on-standardized-testing-leads-to-opt-out-parent-movement/2013/04/14/90b15a44-9d5c-11e2-a941-a19bce7af755_story.html

Standardized Testing Creates Toxic Environment in Schools Professor Says
     http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130416102122.htm

Lessons From Atlanta
     http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID 13304100031&gcheck=1

Implications of Bill Gates' Warning on Test Score Overuse
     http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-gates-testing-teacher-evaluations-20130411,0,7561671.story

Why Excessive Standardized Testing is Causing American Schools to Fail
     http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/04/11/why-excessive-standardized-testing-is-causing-american-schools-to-fail

Test-and-Punish Sabotages Quality of Children's Education -- Linda Darling-Hammond talks about FairTest's recent cheating survey (http://fairtest.org/2013-Cheating-Report-PressRelease)
     http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/04/10/test-and-punish-sabotages-quality-of-childrens-education/

What's Been Lost in the Bubbles -- FairTest Board member Linda Nathan's Speech to Occupy DOE
     http://lindanathan.com/

Forget Test Prep, Students Need to Learn "Grit"
     http://articles.philly.com/2013-04-10/news/38437392_1_standardized-tests-marjorie-neff-paul-tough