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FairTest: A Week of Resistance to the Misuse of High-Stakes Testing

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The revolt against high-stakes testing–its misuse and overuse–grows daily, across every state and region.

 

FairTest reports:

 

The U.S. assessment reform movement continues to rack up victories, as summarized in a new report from FairTest and another week of clips from around the nation. Please help FairTest build on this success by contributing to support our Heroes in Education awards to Lani Guinier and Nancy Carlsson-Paige
https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/fairtest

 

National Major New Report — “Testing Reform Victories: Growing Grassroots Movement Rolls Back Testing Overkill”
http://fairtest.org/testing-reform-victories-2015-report
National Financial, Political Problems Plague Rollout of Common Core Standards and Tests
http://www.wsj.com/articles/financial-woes-plague-common-core-rollout-1446514250

 

Multiple States Increase in Online Standardized Exams Likely to Create More Problems
http://www.educationworld.com/a_news/increase-online-standardized-testing-likely-create-difficulties-year-report-finds-290331683
FairTest Chronology of Computerized Testing SNAFUs
http://www.fairtest.org/computerized-testing-problems-2013-2015

 

Arizona Community Leaders, Educators Discuss Testing Issues
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/community-education-leaders-discuss-standards-testing/article_e17c062d-22b1-55f9-ae4a-e8dcafdaacc7.html

 

California Don’t Judge a School By Its Test Scores
http://argonautnews.com/dont-judge-a-school-by-its-test-scores/
California Thousands to Receive High School Diplomas Despite Failing Exit Exam
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/nov/09/students-get-diplomas-despite-failing-exam/

 

Colorado Standardized Testing Is Not a Good Use of Classroom Time
http://www.collegian.com/2015/11/141298/141298/
Colorado Test-Selected “Gifted-and-Talented” Program Heavily Skewed Toward White Students
http://inewsnetwork.org/2015/11/05/dps-gifted-and-talented-program-highly-skewed-toward-whites/

 

Florida New Teacher Union Leader Has Same Foe: Test Mania
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-florida-education-association-the-interview-20151103-story.html
Florida County School Superintendent Axes 192 District-Mandated Exams
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/education/2015/11/03/brevard-superintendent-axes-192-district-level-exams/75107396/

 

Idaho Superintendent Criticizes Test-Centric Education
http://www.idahostatejournal.com/members/e-idaho-school-superintendent-reiterates-common-core-opposition-at-task/article_ae141ce9-1f10-572b-9601-d327572f5941.html

 

Indiana Schools Deal With Ongoing Test Score Reporting Delay
http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2015/11/06/schools-deal-istep-delay/75305870/

 

Maryland Town Halls Gather Parent, Student, Teacher Feedback on Testing
http://wtop.com/education/2015/11/town-hall-talk-targets-standardized-testing/slide/1/
Maryland Test-Based Evaluation System Reduces Students and Teachers to Datasets
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-teacher-evaluations-20151105-story.html

 

Massachusetts No Matter What Exam Is Used, High-Stakes Testing Will Dominate Education
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/editorials/ci_29077163/our-opinion-testing-debate-obscures-issues-facing-education

 

Minnesota Too Many Standardized Tests? The Evidence Says “Yes”
http://www.postbulletin.com/opinion/our-view-too-many-standardized-tests-evidence-says-yes/article_b69edd22-9503-5517-a981-50bf40d6b130.html

 

New Hampshire Assessment Reform Pilot Seeks to Grow Up and Out
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/11/this_is_not_a_test_one_states.html

 

New Jersey New Laws Ban Standardized Tests for Young Children, Withholding School Funds Due to High Opt-Out Rates
http://www.nj.com/education/2015/11/christie_wont_punish_schools_for_parcc_opt-outs.html
New Jersey PARCC Results Magnify Race and Income Gaps
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/11/04/parcc-exam-results-for-nj-magnify-achievement-gaps-linked-to-income-race/

 

New Mexico Who Tests the Tests?
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-who-tests-the-tests/article_d84c7595-3b2b-56a7-bad0-00be0db6dd3e.html

 

New York Baffling Bureaucratic Response to Opt Out Movement
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/06/new-yorks-baffling-response-to-parents-who-didnt-let-their-kids-take-common-core-tests/
New York Principal Tells Parents: “We Have to Administer Tests, But Your Kids Don’t Have to Take Them”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6kNcUDwjE8&feature=youtu.be

 

North Carolina District Board Passes Resolution Against Labeling Schools “Low Performing”
http://www.greensboro.com/news/guilford-school-board-passes-resolution-against-labeling-schools-low-performing/article_fd729b32-25cc-5dba-9366-63c440fb45d6.html

 

Oregon Let Teachers Do the Testing
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/33681077-78/let-the-teachers-do-the-testing.html.csp

 

Pennsylvania More Exams Don’t Mean Better Students
http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/editorials/2015/11/07/Over-testing-More-exams-don-t-mean-better-students/stories/201511070023

 

Rhode Island Over Testing Creates School Culture of Stress
http://www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/its-all-about-education-testing-how-much-is-too-much

 

Tennessee School Testing “Gamesmanship”
http://www.newschannel5.com/news/newschannel-5-investigates/expert-calls-metro-schools-testing-policy-gamesmanship
Tennessee State Decision to Bar Legislator From Taking Sample Test Is Troubling
http://www.parispi.net/opinion/columns/article_b704e20c-84a8-11e5-9f9d-0fd1b4141ae2.html

 

Texas How to Reduce the Public School Testing Burden
http://tribtalk.org/2015/11/06/how-to-reduce-the-testing-burden-on-texas-students/

 

Vermont State Board Tells Parents: Common Core Scores Don’t Mean Much
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/11/07/vermont-to-parents-dont-worry-about-your-childs-common-core-test-scores-they-dont-mean-much/
Vermont Too Much Testing, Not Enough Learning
http://www.vnews.com/home/19224855-95/column-too-much-testing-not-enough-achievement

 

Washington Seattle Cuts Back Testing for Youngest Grades
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/testing-testing-123/
Washington With White House Rethinking Tests, State Wants Its No Child Left Behind Waiver Back
http://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/with-white-house-re-thinking-tests-washington-wants-its-no-child-left-behind-waiver-back/

 

GRE Bias and Barriers Have Graduate Schools Questioning Admissions Tests
http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/11/07/gre-bias

 

Will “Competency Based Learning” Rescue the Testocracy?
http://www.livingindialogue.com/will-competency-based-learning-rescue-the-testocracy/

 

 

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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