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Pushback on standardized testing around the country getting stronger

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To get an idea of what is going on around the country in regards to the growing anti-standardized testing movement, look at the following collection of stories that have come out in the last week or about the growing resistance around the country to high-stakes standardized testing. This list was issued by the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, a non-profit organization known as FairTest that is dedicated to ending the misuse and abuse of standardized testing. FairTest puts out an updated list every week.

This week’s blast includes stories from at least 20 states as well as links to some new reports. You can see from the URLs the range of publications across the country that are covering the issue and the variety of stories. Here’s the list:


The Gathering Resistance to Standardized Testing

State Political Rifts Sap Support for Common Core Exams

The Cost of Our Testing Obsession

Why a Common Core Testing Moratorium is Needed . . . Now!

Competitor Sues to Overturn Pearson’ s Common Core Testing Contract

Pearson’s History of Testing Problems

Test Expert: Most California Schools Not Ready for Common Core Exams

Tryout of New California Test Plagued by Computer Problems

Common Core Testing Raises Question About Who Is in Charge of Connecticut Education

Florida Governor Approves One-Year Pause on School Grading Consequences

Student Testing a Major Issue in Idaho School Chief Election

Illinois Suburbs Push Back Against Testing,0,478278.story

Louisiana Tax Dollars at Work: Training Teachers to Administer High-Stakes Tests Which Grade Their “Effectiveness”

Why Standardized Testing is Ruining Maine Schools, Hurting Our Kids

Massachusetts Teachers Union Elects Strong Foe of High-Stakes Testing as President

A Fairer Test Score Measure for Massachusetts

Common Core Field Testing Seen as Another Unfunded Massachusetts State Mandate

Parents Boycott New Jersey ASK Test

How to Refuse New Jersey Tests for Your Child

Student: Standardized Tests Taking a Toll in New Mexico Classrooms

A Conversation About Tests New York Teachers Can’t Have

The Pseudo-Science of New York’s Common Core Tests

Ohio Teachers Seek Three-Year Delay in High-Stakes Testing

Oklahoma Legislature Passes Bill Giving Parents a Voice in Overruling Grade Promotion Test

Testing Expert: Oregon’s Assessments Should Be Designed by Local Educators

Oregon Teachers Seek Common Core Testing Moratorium

They’ll Never Catch Pennsylvania’s Worst Test Cheating Culprits — Politicians Who Mandate High-Stakes Exams

Philadelphia “Culture of Cheating” Reflects Standardized Exam Misuse

Different Value-Added Systems Produce Wide-Range of Results in Pittsburgh Schools

Rhode Island School Board Resists Mounting Pressure to End Graduation Test

Nashville Tennessee to Take Up Anti-Testing Resolution

Another Test Cheating Probe in the Home of the “Texas Miracle” Which Begat “No Child Left Behind”

Texas Teacher Evaluation Earns a Failing Grade

Are Texas Children Allowed to Read for Pleasure Any More?

Virginia Parents Start Organizing Opt Out Campaign

How NCLB Waiver Revocation Will Hurt Washington State Schools

Obama-Duncan Testing Policies Contradict Their Own High-Sounding Statements

New Study Casts Doubt on Rating Teachers by Students’ Test Scores

Standardized Testing Focus is Part of 19th Century Model of Education

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.



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