Resistance to standardized testing growing nationwide


Every week a nonprofit organization called the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, which is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing (and is better known as FairTest) sends out an e-mail with a list of stories from around the country about resistance to high-stakes tests among teachers, students and parents. This week’s blast — which includes stories from New York, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts –makes an important point, saying:

Anyone who still believes that the resistance to testing misuse and overuse is confined to a few big cities and “liberal” activists, should click through this week’s news clips. In fact, testing protests are spreading across “deep red” states” such as Alaska, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. And “conservative” commentators are speaking out against standardized exam overkill.

Here’s this week’s list of resistance stories, and you can get the e-mail for yourself by clicking here.

A Strong Right-Wing Voice Joins the Chorus: Revolt Against the Tyranny of Standardized Testing

Countering Fears About Opting Out

New School Tests Don’t Make the Grade

Alaska Legislature Advances Bill Repealing Exit Exam, Awarding Retroactive Diplomas

Chicago Parents Irate About School Officials Questioning Children About Test Boycott

Opt-Out Movement Gains Momentum in Colorado

Testing Violations Continue at D.C. Schools: Michelle Rhee’s Legacy

Delaware Teachers Push Back Against Test-Driven “Reform”

Feds Investigate Bias in Florida’s Test-Based Scholarships

Former Teacher of the Year Sends “Dear John” Letter & Video to State of Florida

Maryland Teacher: Time to Hold “Reformers” Accountable of Policy Failures

Massachusetts State Ed. Official Admits Students Cannot Be Forced to Take Common Core Pilot Tests

High-Stakes Testing Leads to Anxiety in Mississippi’s School Children

New Jersey Supers: Common Core Test Delay Would Help Students, Schools

New Mexico Parents Blast Standardized Exam Exam Overkill

Number of New York Families Preparing to Opt Out Grows
Parents Explain: “Why We Are Opting Out”
Brooklyn Parents Organize to Roll Back Standardized Testing for Young Children

Pennsylvania Parents Opt Children Out of State Exam
Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial: Take Emphasis Off State Tests

Tennessee Teachers File Second Suit Against “Value-Added” Evaluations
More Tennessee Parents Opt Children Out of Tests

Texas May Make Deeper Cuts in Number of Required Tests

Utah Educators Criticize Time Wasted on Testing, Not Teaching

Time to End the Feds Annual Testing Mandate

Days of High-Stakes Testing Are Numbered, According to National Conservative Publication

Teacher Quits Because Job is Now About Tests and Data, Not Children

Does High-Stakes Testing Help Students Living in Poverty?

Is High-Stakes Testing Increasing the Rate of “Attention Deficit Disorder” Diagnoses?

What Students Think About Standardized Tests
“Listen” — A New Documentary About Education From a Student’s Perspective

Finland’s Only High-Stakes Standardized Test

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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