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

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

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

New Mexico Parents Blast Standardized Exam Exam Overkill

Utah Educators Criticize Time Wasted on Testing, Not Teaching

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

Does High-Stakes Testing Help Students Living in Poverty?

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

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