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
http://washingtonexaminer.com/revolt-against-the-tyrants-of-standardized-testing/article/2545914?custom_click=rss

Alaska Legislature Advances Bill Repealing Exit Exam, Awarding Retroactive Diplomas
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-03-20-0

Chicago Parents Irate About School Officials Questioning Children About Test Boycott
http://www.suntimes.com/news/26334435-418/parents-livid-over-cps-investigators-questioning-kids-over-isat-boycott.html

Opt-Out Movement Gains Momentum in Colorado
http://www.coloradoindependent.com/146615/opting-out

Former Teacher of the Year Sends “Dear John” Letter & Video to State of Florida
http://www.teachingquality.org/content/dear-john-letter-state-florida

Maryland Teacher: Time to Hold “Reformers” Accountable of Policy Failures
http://indypendent.org/2014/03/21/time-hold-education-reformers-accountable

Massachusetts State Ed. Official Admits Students Cannot Be Forced to Take Common Core Pilot Tests
http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20140320/NEWS/140329703

New Mexico Parents Blast Standardized Exam Exam Overkill
http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_0730b95c-b04f-11e3-abce-001a4bcf887a.html

Utah Educators Criticize Time Wasted on Testing, Not Teaching
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57707764-90/students-teachers-testing-state.html.csp

Days of High-Stakes Testing Are Numbered, According to National Conservative Publication
http://www.nationalreview.com/agenda/373954/days-high-stakes-tests-are-numbered-and-thats-good-thing-reihan-salam

Does High-Stakes Testing Help Students Living in Poverty?
http://www.forpubliced.blogspot.com/2014/03/is-high-stakes-testing-best-way-to.html

Is High-Stakes Testing Increasing the Rate of “Attention Deficit Disorder” Diagnoses?
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/could-school-testing-be-driving-adhd-n55661

What Students Think About Standardized Tests
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicholas-ferroni/what-my-standardized-tests_b_4981580.html
“Listen” — A New Documentary About Education From a Student’s Perspective
http://vimeo.com/88905708