Testing Resistance & Reform News: January 14 - 20, 2015

Responding to pressure by the grassroots assessment reform movement (check out this week's stories from 22 states!), Congress finally takes up overhauling "No Child Left Behind" this month.

Now is the time to make your voice heard by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representative to support a significant reduction in federal testing requirements.

Student Testing: When Is Enough Enough?
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/student-testing-deciding-28291383...
Slash Federal Testing Mandates to Help Restore Sanity to Assessment and Accountability
http://fairtest.org/fairtest-statement-federal-standardized-exam-manda
How to Fix NCLB
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/18/principal...
Where is the Big Testing Success?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/where-is-the-big-testing-_b_6...

Arizona May Suspend Test-Based School Letter Grades
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2015/01/14/arizona-may...
Suspend Arizona School Grades, Then Replace Them
http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2015/01/17/arizona-scho...

California Ed Board Head Expects Score Decline With New Common Core Exams
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article6346...
California Considers Changing How It Evaluates Schools
http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/local/grade/x1593016721/State-cons...

Testing Reduction Bills Filed in Colorado Legislature
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2015/01/14/pair-of-testing-reduction-bills-pop-u...

Smart Money is on Connecticut's Children, Not Testing
http://ctmirror.org/op-ed-smart-money-is-on-children-not-testing/

Facing Reality on Florida School Testing
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-facing-reality-on-s...
Many Lawmakers Now Question Florida Testing Policies
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-testing...

New Georgia Online Testing System Crashes on Trial Run
http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2015-01-19/milestones-online-stude...

Chicago Refuses to Administer Illinois-Mandated PARCC Tests in 90% of Schools
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-schools-testing-met-201501...

Trial Run of New Indiana Computerized Test Reveals Serious Technical Problems
http://in.chalkbeat.org/2015/01/15/education-department-indiana-schools-...

Tide Turning Against Standardized Testing in Massachusetts
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/01/13/can-tide-turn-against-stan...

Mississippi Withdraws From Common Core
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/01/16/mississippi-withdraw-...

New Jersey Teachers Organize Take the PARCC Test Event to Educate Parents
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/parents-to-get-taste-of-parcc-...

New Mexico Student Starts Online Petition Against PARCC Test
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3679331.shtml#.VL5vb-FLUZw

New York City Organizing Meeting, Wednesday Evening Jan. 21
https://greatschoolwars.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/ps3-jan20-pac-diane-...
"Lunatic Exams" -- New York City Gifted-and-Talented Tests
http://nypost.com/2015/01/19/lunatic-exams-citys-unfair-gifted-tests/

Task Force Favors Fewer Standardized Tests for Youngest North Carolina Children
http://www.wral.com/task-force-fewer-standardized-tests-for-youngest-nc-...

Ohio State Superintendent Concedes, "Too Much Testing," Supports Some Reductions
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/01/state_superintendent_sa...
Ohio Educators Urge Decreased Focus on Standardized Testing
http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/2015/01/17/educators-urge-decreas...

Portland, Oregon Teachers Support Test Opt-Out Campaign
http://www.golocalpdx.com/news/portland-teachers-union-running-strategy-...

Pennsylvania Senate Minority Leader To Introduce Bill to End Tests as Graduation Requirement
http://www.senatordinniman.com/dinniman-to-introduce-bill-to-stop-standa...

Students Can Opt Out of Rhode Island Tests, Educators Say
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20150114-parents-can-opt...

Some Local Tennessee School Board Members Question State Writing Assessment
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/my-kid-my-school/some-school-board-members-...

Bill Filed for Testing Relief for Some Texas Districts
http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/humble/news/rep-huberty-re-files-legislat...

Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate A-F School Grades Advances in Virgnia
http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/repeal-of-af-school-grading-scale-advanc...

Common Core Tests Will Cost Wisconsin Taxpayers More
http://www.leadertelegram.com/news/daily_updates/article_2468020e-9fdd-1...

Canadian Teachers Union Advises Parents to Opt Students Our of Standardized Tests
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bctf-urges-parents-to-exe...

What Are Civil Rights Groups Thinking When They Continue to Support Annual NCLB Testing?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/13/what-are-...

Majority of U.S. Public School Students Live in Poverty
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/majority-of-us-public-scho...
To Improve Education, First Lower Child-Poverty Rate
http://thehill.com/opinion/letters/229288-to-improve-education-in-the-us...

Pushing Back Against High-Stakes Testing for Students With Disabilities
http://www.aft.org/ae/winter2014-2015/tanis

Too Much Testing is Killing Recess
http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/ana-veciana-suarez/a...

Education Trust: Gates-Funded, Test-Driven Advocacy Machine
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/education-trust-profoun...

How Test Score Obsession Produces Kids Who Lack Creativity and Empathy
http://www.alternet.org/books/how-obsession-test-scores-helps-produce-ch...

What Standardized Testing Could Learn From Target
http://qz.com/328614/what-standardized-testing-and-schools-could-learn-f...

Colleges of Education Targeted for Student Test Scores
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/18/teachers-colleges-of-educatio...
BATS Propose Changes in Teacher Prep Legislation to End Reliance on Test Scores
http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2015/01/teacher-presp-proposed-legisl...

Teacher Licensing Tests "Unfair, Financially Crippling"
http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2015/01/16/teacher-candidates-...

No Truly "Objective" Way to Set Test-Score Cut-Offs
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/12/setting-cut-scores.html