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FairTest: Weekly Report on Resistance to High-Stakes Testing

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As Congress continues to take steps to protect the status quo of high-stakes testing, resistance to this misguided approach to education continues to build. When the public is not heard by its elected officials, the public finds ways to be heard. It was public demonstrations that built the civil rights movement; it was public demonstrations that built the anti-war movement in the 1970s. Keep your eye on what the public is doing. The politicians don’t hear or see until the noise is deafening and the sights cannot be hidden by blindfolds.

 

Bob Schaeffer of FairTest writes:

 

Across the U.S. the testing resistance and reform movement is rapidly expanding as annual standardized exam begin in many schools. This week’s stories from more than half the 50 states clearly show the significant impact that parents, students, teachers, administrators and community leaders are having on policy makers in the fight against testing misuse and overuse.

 

FairTest Opt Out Resources
http://fairtest.org/get-involved/opting-out
Fact Sheet: Why You Can Boycott Testing Without Fear of Federal Penalties for Your School
http://www.fairtest.org/why-you-can-boycott-testing-without-fear

 

National Poll: Parents Give Standardized Tests an “F” Grade
http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/poll-parents-give-standardized-test-f-grade
New Video: Parents Opting Their Children Out of Common Core Tests
https://vimeo.com/120619448
Opt Out Movement Surges Across U.S.
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/02/opt_out_national_movement_grow.html
Grade-Span Exams Would be Better
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article11232887.html

 

Alabama Retrenching on High School Testing
http://www.dothaneagle.com/news/education/state-retrenching-on-high-school-testing/article_aa6ede52-bd30-11e4-a845-2b67604bd0bb.html

 

Arizona Schools Balk at Being Forced to Buy Pricey Equipment for New State Tests
http://tucson.com/news/local/education/school-districts-forced-to-buy-equipment-for-azmerit/article_8e5435cd-2644-576e-87a6-330c28fdd1f4.html

 

California’s Poor Children Need More Help, Not More Standardized Tests
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/soapbox/article11177228.html

 

Colorado Opt-Out Movement Says “No” to New Tests
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27618088/opt-out-movement-just-say-no-new-colo
Colorado Testing Has Not Improved Education Quality for Communities Most in Need
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_27590042/guest-commentary-operating-at-margins-learning

 

Ed. School Deans Say Connecticut Must Stop Bashing Teachers and Relying on Tests
http://www.courant.com/opinion/op-ed/hc-op-basmadjian-dont-blame-teachers-0225-20150224-story.html
Connecticut Teacher Explains Flaws of Annual Exams to U.S. Senator
http://ctmirror.org/2015/02/27/op-ed-sen-blumenthal-please-put-and-end-to-high-stakes-standardized-testing/

 

Parents, Teachers Push Back Against Delaware Testing
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/02/27/parents-teachers-push-back-testing/24146775/

 

Problems Plague Debut of New Florida Online Test
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/os-school-testing-trouble-day-1-20150302-story.html
Legislators Under Pressure to Overhaul Florida School Testing
http://www.winknews.com/2015/02/26/florida-legislators-under-pressure-to-alter-school-testing/

 

Georgia State Super Explains Problems with Federal Testing Mandate to Arne Duncan
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/27/georgias-education-chief-has-some-words-for-arne-duncan/

 

lllinois Educators Leery of New State Achievement Test
http://www.pjstar.com/article/20150225/NEWS/150229494/11669/NEWS
How to Refuse PARCC in Illinois and Promote Opt-Out Legislation
http://us8.campaign-archive2.com/?u=16d71997b1c1711b098bb21c8&id=57bb2e24ae&e=5444f96919

 

Parents, Educators Express Concerns About Indiana Tests, Score Misuses
http://www.tristatehomepage.com/story/d/story/parents-educators-express-concerns-over-istep-acco/30836/DOuFt0nkBEakvuSAlLhSpA

 

Louisiana Parents Opt Children Out of PARCC Tests
http://www.wafb.com/story/28203752/louisiana-parents-opt-children-out-of-parcc-testing

 

Maine Families Push Back Against Standardized Testing
https://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/01/education/testing-the-test-mainers-push-back-against-standardized-testing/
Super Says Maine Students May Not be Ready for Common Core Tests
https://bangordailynews.com/2015/02/26/news/bangor/superintendent-webb-says-bangor-students-may-not-be-ready-for-new-common-core-tests/

 

Bipartisan Group of Maryland Legislators Challenges Excessive Testing
http://baltimorepostexaminer.com/maryland-excessive-testing-schools-challenged-legislators/2015/03/02

 

Standardized Tests Taking Toll on Mississippi Schools
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2015/03/01/standardized-tests-taking-toll-mississippi-schools/24239399/

 

Judge Rules Missouri’s Common Core Testing Pact is Illegal
http://m.ky3.com/missouri-judge-rules-pact-with-common-core-testing-illegal/21050392_31458122

 

Thousands Opt Out as Controversial Testing Begins in New Jersey
http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150302_Monday_the_day_for_controversial_student_testing_in_New_Jersey.html
New Jersey Parents Want PARCC Test “Parked”
http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2015/02/25/cranbury_press/news/doc54d4f7348aa55959092090.txt

 

Thousands of New Mexico Students Walk Out of School Over Testing
http://krqe.com/2015/03/02/parcc-testing-sparks-massive-high-school-walkouts/
Parents Join New Mexico PARCC Protests
http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3715951.shtml#.VO3KO-FLUZw

 

New York City Educators Seek Parents’ Help in Fight Against Governor’s Test-Based Evaluation Scheme
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/26/teachers-at-popular-school-ask-parents-for-help-this-may-sound-absurd-but-its-true/
Teachers’ Rally Protest’s New York Gov. Cuomo’s Testing Policies
http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/local/article_25bd8e30-be9b-11e4-bc94-5f4a036cc29f.html

 

Ohio Families Opt Out of State Tests in Droves
http://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com/story/news/local/2015/02/24/tri-valley-parents-opt-testing-droves/23958859/
Critics Say There Are Too Many Standardized Exams in Ohio Schools
http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Critics-say-there-are-too-may-standardized-tests-for-schools-88498.shtml

 

Oklahoma Legislators Working to Stop End-of-Course State Tests
http://kfor.com/2015/02/25/oklahoma-lawmakers-working-to-end-end-of-instruction-testing/

 

Too Much Testing Drives Oregon Opt-Out Surge
http://www.eugeneweekly.com/20150226/lead-story/too-much-testing
Smarter Balanced Assessment Fails the Test in Oregon
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/32801990-78/failing-the-test.html.csp#

 

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Parents and Teachers Slam High-Stakes Testing at Opt-Out Forum
http://thenotebook.org/blog/158275/parents-slam-high-stakes-testing-opt-out-meeting

 

Rhode Island Educators Support Parents’ Right to Opt Children Out of High-Stakes Tests
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150224/NEWS/150229622
Manifesto Against Rhode Island PARCC Testing
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150225/OPINION/150229541/13819/TOPIC

 

South Carolina Educators Say Leave NCLB Behind to Advance Equal Educational Opportunity
http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20150302/PC1002/150309947/1021/leave-nclb-behind-to-revive-equal-education

 

New Tennessee Ed. Commissioner Hears Teachers’ Concerns About Testing
http://www.jacksonsun.com/story/news/education/2015/02/27/education-chief-seeks-teachers-input/24151865/

 

Resolution to Reduce Testing Passes Utah House
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622826/Move-to-reduce-student-testing-passes-House.html?pg=all

 

Seattle, Washington School Refuses to Administer Smarter Balanced Test
http://iamaneducator.com/2015/02/24/new-seattle-test-boycott-erupts-nathan-hale-high-school-votes-to-refuse-to-administer-a-common-core-test/

 

Wisconsin School Testing Roller Coaster Takes Another Sharp Turn
http://www.kenoshanews.com/news/school_testing_roller_coaster_takes_a_sharp_turn_481542633.html

 

More Colleges Look Beyond Test Scores to Determine Admission
http://www.clickorlando.com/news/colleges-and-universities-rethink-selection-process/31498196
FairTest List of 850+ “Test Optional” Bachelor-Degree Granting Institutions
http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional

 

Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing
https://creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com/2015/02/21/noam-chomsky-on-the-dangers-of-standardized-testing/

 

Report: New Federal Teacher Prep Rules Too Stringent
http://thejournal.com/articles/2015/02/26/new-teacher-prep-rules-too-stringent.aspx

 

Contentious Teacher Evaluation Policies Moving to Courtrooms
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/contentious-teacher-related-policies-moving-from-legislatures-to-the-courts/2015/02/28/6ec1f31e-b83d-11e4-aa05-1ce812b3fdd2_story.html

 

In Test-Based Systems, Even Young Children Resist Learning
http://theconversation.com/in-test-based-systems-even-young-kids-resist-learning-37569

 

Current Tests Don’t Measure What Kids Should Really Master
http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/02/26/things-every-kid-should-master/uM72LGr63zeaStOp9zGyrJ/story.html

 

 

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office- (239) 395-6773 fax- (239) 395-6779
mobile- (239) 699-0468
web- http://www.fairtest.org

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