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Fairtest: The Uprising Against High-Stakes Tests Grows

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The other day I went to a book party to launch Jesse Hagopian’s new book “More Than a Score: The Néw Uprising Against High-Stakes Tests.” The book is a collection of short essays by activists across the nation. Someone with a guitar sang “We Shall Overcome.” A grassroots movement begins. And, as we see in this post, grows, week by week.

Ever-strengthening assessment reform pressure has kept proposals to roll back test misuse and overuse at the center of education policy debates on Capitol Hill and in many state capitals across the country. This week’s news stories, opinion columns, and advocacy resources come from 22 states as well as Washington, DC

Email Congress Now to Demand Less Federal Testing, End to High-Stakes
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

FairTest Statement to Congress — Grade-Span Exams, No Punitive Consequences
http://fairtest.org/less-testing-more-learning

Independent Test Results Show NCLB Fails to Boost Achievement, Narrow Gaps
http://fairtest.org/independent-test-results-show-nclb-fails

U.S. Senate Seems Unlikely to Push for Test-Based Teacher Ratings
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/senate-appears-unlikely-to-push-for-test-based-teacher-evaluations-in-revised-law/2015/01/27/c985d4a6-a63a-11e4-a06b-9df2002b86a0_story.html
Sign This Open Letter to Sec. Duncan on Teacher Evaluation
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Hzx75h4EcVFIPbpm3icVI0tJqLRACuaF64UkVWNz5JE/viewform

Opt-Out Week in Arizona
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/02/02/opt-out-week-on-the-range-day-one

Colorado Teachers Respond to State Report Documenting Test Overkill
http://www.thecherrycreeknews.com/colorado-teachers-respond-testing-report/

A Path Forward for Reducing Testing in Colorado
http://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/14813971-113/vail-daily-column-a-path-forward-for-tests

Florida Parents Defy High-Stakes Tests; Lawmakers Listening
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/fl-opt-out-testing-20150130-story.html

Southwest Florida Group Targets Testing Volume and High-Stakes
http://www.nbc-2.com/story/27979752/local-group-aims-to-reduce-number-of-standardized-testing#.VMt_W53F_HR

Editorial: Throttle Down on Florida’s Overzealous School Testing
http://www.bradenton.com/2015/01/29/5607289_throttle-dow-on-floridas-overzealous.html?rh=1

Georgia State Super to Feds: Stop “Measure, Pressure, and Punish” Policies
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/01/27/georgia-school-chief-to-feds-stop-measure-pressure-and-punish-approach/#__federated=1

Bill Would Award High School Diplomas to Georgians Denied Them By Exit Exam
http://www.daltondailycitizen.com/news/it-s-all-about-fairness-new-bill-could-lead-to/article_2776182e-a900-11e4-bcb0-e7770b8cb1dd.html

New PARCC Test Sparks Angst Among Illinois Parents and Educators
http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/winnetka-northfield-glencoe/ct-winnetka-common-core-met-20150127-story.html#page=1

Stand-off Escalates Over Chicago Schools’ Snub of Federal, Illinois Testing Rules
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150130/BLOGS02/150139992/standoff-escalates-over-cps-snub-of-federal-testing-rules

Opt-Out Bill Filed in Illinois Legislature
http://www.altondailynews.com/news/details.cfm?clientid=17&id=162018#.VNDLXuFLUZw

Indiana Educators Feel Tested to the Limit by New State Exams
http://www.journalreview.com/news/article_18d7b730-a759-11e4-8de3-a36c6f1f0d93.html?TNNoMobile

Louisiana Opt Out Campaign Gets Attention of State Education Board
http://www.thenewsstar.com/story/news/local/2015/01/29/parents-opting-state-testing-bese-concerned/22520161/

Governor’s Executive Order Lets Louisiana Students Opt Out of PARCC Exams
http://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/2015/01/30/just-in-jindal-issues-executive-order-on-parcc-tests/22603021/

Some Maine Parents Balk at Having Kids Take Standardized Tests
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/01/30/diegnan-enters-parcc-fray-with-bill-formalizing-opt-out-procedures/

Maryland Students Stressed by Testing Overkill
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/z/content_type/letters/stressed-by-testing/article_c5947fc5-6345-56f2-8532-fa14e414ed64.html

Massachusetts State Test a Flawed Measure of School Quality
http://somerville.wickedlocal.com/article/20150131/NEWS/150139909/?Start=1

Tests Don’t Improve New Mexico Schools; Economic Opportunity Would
http://www.alamogordonews.com/opinion/ci_27409767/bill-varoula-tests-dont-improve-schools-economic-opportunity

New Jersey’s Landmark Polling on Testing: What it Means
http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2015/01/why-does-public-hate-standardized-tests.html

Educators, Parents Urge New Jersey Commission to Drop or Delay New State Tests
http://www.northjersey.com/news/educators-parents-urge-commission-to-drop-or-delay-new-state-standardized-tests-1.1260069

Bill Filed to Establish Opt-Out Procedures. Bar “Sit-and-Stare”
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/01/30/diegnan-enters-parcc-fray-with-bill-formalizing-opt-out-procedures/

New York City Parents Urged to Opt-Out of Testing Obsession
http://thevillager.com/2015/01/29/ravitch-urges-parents-to-buck-testing-obsession/

North Carolina Superintendents, Education Advocates Join Effort to Reduce School Testing
http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/01/29/4515445_more-call-for-fewer-tests-superintendents.html?rh=1

North Dakota Legislation Would Allow Parents to Opt Their Children Out of Standardized Tests
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/education/opt-out-bill-would-ensure-right-to-skip-standardized-tests/article_623f0ae2-e5cb-52a3-9de3-ff36b3afa614.html

Ohio Lawmakers Favor Plan to Trim Testing Time
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/01/28/state-lawmakers-hear-plan-to-reduce-testing.html

Oklahoma PTA Urges Parents to Opt Out of Field Tests
https://dianeravitch.net/2015/01/27/oklahoma-pta-urges-parents-to-opt-out-of-field-tests/

Growing Pennsylvania Opt-Out Movement Shows Growing Resistance to High-Stakes Testing
http://thenotebook.org/february-2015/158154/opt-out-movement-reflects-growing-resistance-testing

Hearing Set on Bill to Repeal Pennsylvania Graduation Exam Requirement
http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/77853-should-pa-require-students-to-pass-standardized-tests-to-graduate-high-school

Texas Tests Can’t Measure What Really Matters
http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/latest-columns/20150130-shane-bybee-testing-cant-measure-the-gap-that-really-matters.ece

Virginia Senate Advances Bill to Further Reduce State Testing Mandates
http://hamptonroads.com/2015/01/further-reduction-school-tests-advances-va-senate

Four Seattle Washington Teachers Refuse to Administer State Test
http://www.livingindialogue.com/four-seattle-teachers-declare-refuse-give-tests/

Washington Students Lobby State Legislators: Junk the Science Test
http://kuow.org/post/students-lobby-lawmakers-junk-science-test

Wisconsin School Ratings Must Account for Effects of Poverty
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/opinion/editorials/2015/01/28/school-ratings-must-account-effects-poverty/22490781/

Researchers Urge Sec. Duncan to Drop Test-Driven Teacher Prep Regulations
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/28/researchers-urge-arne-duncan-to-drop-proposed-teacher-prep-regulations/

Conservative Columnist Endorses “Choose to Refuse” Common Core Tests
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/397350/choose-refuse-parccsbac-testing-michelle-malkin

Why Won’t High-Stakes Testing True Believers Face Reality?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-thompson/why-wont-arne-duncan-and_b_6542854.html

Activists Share Strategies for Opting Out at Florida Conference
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/01/28/activists-share-strategies-for-opting-out-of.html

How “School Reform” Failed the Test
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/01/28/how-school-reform-has-failed-the-test/

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