Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Testing Resistance & Reform News: March 21 - 24, 2015 - Fair Test social media links March 24, 2015 #EdBlogNet

Fair Test social media links March 24, 2015

Arizona
Senate Takes Up Bill Establishing Opt-Out Procedures
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/arizona/politics/2015/03/23/arizona-bill-let-parents-opt-standardized-test/70322302/ #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Colorado
Charter Schools See Rise in Test Opt Outs
http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=1179674#.VRBv35NLUZw     #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Connecticut
Testing: The Truth About Smarter Balanced
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Wendy-Lecker-The-truth-about-the-SBACs-6149232.php  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


District of Columbia
Test-and-Punish Policies Have Not Worked
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/turning-around-schools-requires-more-than-better-test-scores/2015/03/20/1d048326-c2af-11e4-9ec2-b418f57a4a99_story.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Florida
Assessment Reform Movement is Test for Jeb Bush Presidential Aspirations
http://www.wsj.com/articles/bush-faces-test-of-exam-policy-1426896426  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

State Senate Bill Would Examine Testing Fallout
http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/21/senate-bill-looks-testing-fallout/25165959/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Georgia School Testing Still Does Not Make the Grade
http://savannahnow.com/column/2015-03-23/michael-moore-school-testing-still-not-making-grade  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Illinois
Schools Drop Arts, Music for Testing
http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/457712/parcc-testing-school-art-music-canceled  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Louisiana
Educators Seek Three-Year "Hold Harmless" Period From Any New Test Evaluations
http://theadvocate.com/news/11898262-123/lae-favors-legislative-led-review-of  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Louisiana Parish Topped 15% Opt Outs
http://www.kplctv.com/story/28575974/cpsb-parish-leads-state-in-number-of-parcc-opt-outs  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Maine
District Reports More Than 50% Opt Outs
http://bangordailynews.com/2015/03/20/news/midcoast/more-than-half-of-rockport-high-school-juniors-opt-out-of-new-state-test/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Maryland Test Study Commission Approved by Both Houses of State Legislature
http://www.wmdt.com/news/more-local-news/house-approves-bill-for-commission-on-standardized-tests/31965698  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Massachusetts Educators Explain How Testing is Undermining Learning and Teaching
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/23/elementary-school-teachers-how-parcc-testing-is-affecting-our-classrooms/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Michigan
Parents Reject State Tests to Reduce Pressure on Kids
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/03/24/much-pressure-kids-parents-reject-state-tests/70366374/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Kalamazoo College Goes ACT/SAT Optional
http://www.kzoo.edu/news/test-optional/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


New Jersey
Testing Obsession is Damaging Learning and Teaching
http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2015/03/20/hopewell_valley_news/your_views/doc54ee27ba19f42569846335.txt  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Educators, Parents and Students Plan "Take Back the PARCC" Event
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/03/22/Test-in-for-parents-teachers-finds-they-re-testy-about-tests/stories/201503210166  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


New Mexico
PARCC Protest at School Chief's House
http://www.koat.com/news/parcc-protest/31949350  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

New Mexico Teachers Question Times Devoted to Testing
http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-10112-nea-disputes-parcc-testing-time.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


New York
Billionaires' Plan to Remake Public Education
http://www.thenation.com/article/201881/9-billionaires-are-about-remake-new-yorks-public-schools-heres-their-story#  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

New York Governor Uses Flawed Tests as Political Weapon
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/opinion/valley-views/2015/03/21/flawed-tests-used-political-weapon/25099085/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


North Dakota
Opt-Out Movement Heats Up
http://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/education/opt-out-movement-heats-up-as-new-standardized-tests-loom/article_fe60d8f3-1265-5673-b873-4e3bd7a0d05d.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Ohio
Superintendent "Profoundly Concerned About New Common Core Tests"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/20/ohio-superintendent-i-am-profoundly-concerned-about-new-common-core-tests/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Excessive Testing Consumes Learning Time in Ohio
http://www.chroniclebulletin.com/local/excessive-tests-crimp-lesson-time-ohio-teachers-say-h10327.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Oklahoma
Teachers Slam Emphasis on State Tests
http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/news/local_news/teachers-slam-emphasis-put-on-state-testing/article_a0cbc3d6-d1e1-11e4-be1d-53c3240bd48d.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Oregon
House Passes Bill to Suspend Test Consequences for Teachers and Schools
http://www.opb.org/news/article/tests-wont-judge-teachers-schools-under-bill-approved-by-oregon-house/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Pennsylvania "Test In" Shows Parents, Teachers Question Value of New Exams
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2015/03/22/Test-in-for-parents-teachers-finds-they-re-testy-about-tests/stories/201503210166  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Rhode Island
Districts Have Large Numbers of Opt Outs
http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150322/NEWS/150329749/1997/NEWS/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Texas
Common Core Tests Are a Failure
http://www.gazettextra.com/20150323/jason_stanford_common_core_tests_are_failures  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice

Texans Advocating for Meaningful Assessment (aka Mothers Against Drunk Testing) Powerpoint
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/03/24/texas-parents-act-out-against-high-stakes-testing/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Vermont
State Board Will Not Use Smarter Balanced Scores to Evaluate Schools This Year
http://www.reformer.com/news/ci_27738827/vermont-will-not-use-standardized-test-scores  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Virginia Governor Signs Bill Into Law Repealing A-F Grades
http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2015/03/23/virginia-governor-signs-into-law-repeal-of-a-f-school-grades/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Test Security vs Privacy in the Social Media Age
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/debate-over-test-security-vs-student-privacy-rages-in-the-age-of-social-media/2015/03/23/bbac030a-cf0c-11e4-a2a7-9517a3a70506_story.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


New Video "Defies Measurement" Available for Free
http://www.shineonpro.com/index.html  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


Parents of Disabled Children Tell National Groups: "You Do Not Speak for Our Children"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/03/20/you-do-not-speak-for-our-children/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


"No Child Left Behind" Is a Cheats' Charter
http://www.newsweek.com/no-child-left-behind-cheats-charter-315557  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


The Cult-Like Religion of Corporate Ed Reform
http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-public-fools/2015/03/the-cult-like-religion-of-corporate-education-reform/  #EdBlogNet @Idraedu @FairTestOffice


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