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We’ve had years and years of “school reform” that has mostly resulted in creating an untenable culture of high-stakes tests– and now, there is a growing “test reform” movement that is pushing back against the culture of high-stakes testing that has taken over public education.

Every week, an organization called the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest, publishes a list of education news from around the country that highlights efforts to reduce federal and state mandates for high-stakes testing. The newest list is particularly interesting, showing growing awareness by educators and parents in more than 15 states about the problem of over-testing as well as new steps to curb the number and importance of tests. In the last week, we’ve seen new legislation introduced in Congress to reduce federal testing mandates, school board resolutions calling for a suspension of high-stakes testing, more education leaders calling for testing reform, and more.

Here’s the list. (Earlier lists can be found here.

Arizona

Another Test is Not Best Strategy to Help Arizona Students Learn Civics
http://www.yumasun.com/opinion/another-test-not-best-answer-for-learning-civics/article_5f212266-41d9-11e4-80e5-0017a43b2370.html

 

California

Future of California High School Exit Exam Undecided
http://edsource.org/2014/fate-of-high-school-exit-exam-undecided/67604#.VBwVicmwRrs

 

Colorado

Why My Kids Will Opt Out: Colorado’s State-Mandated Tests Do Not Support Learning
http://www.reporterherald.com/opinion/letters/ci_26560294/state-mandated-testing-does-not-serve-learning

Colorado Teacher Refuses to Administer Common Core Tests
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/23/colorado-teacher-i-refuse-to-administer-the-parcc-common-core-test-to-my-students/
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/09/colorado_teacher_refuses_to_gi.html

 

Florida

11 Large Florida School Boards Agree: “Suspend High-Stakes Testing”
http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/09/19/lee-school-board-members-travel-west-palm/15844939/
One of Nation’s Biggest School Districts Calls on State, Feds to End Testing Overkill
http://extracredit.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/09/18/read-pbc-school-boards-2-page-hate-testing-letter-to-fl-gov/
Broward County Florida Schools Could Be Required to Administer 1,500 New End-of-Course Tests
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/education/highered/fl-b-end-of-course-testing-20140917,0,4782939.story
Editorial: Too Much Testing in Florida
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140917/OPINION01/140919699/-1/news300
Florida PTA Calls for Overhaul of State Testing System
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-pta-calls-for-changes-to-states-school-accountability-system/2198088

 

Georgia

Georgia Ed Superintendent Candidates Agree: Too Much Testing
http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-09-18/too-much-testing-state-school-superintendent-candidates-say

 

Iowa

Iowa Letter to the Editor: Time to End NCLB
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/09/20/end-child-left-behind/15936169/

 

Kansas

Feds Allow Kansas to Withhold Scores From Disrupted Exam Administrations
http://m.cjonline.com/news/2014-09-16/us-department-education-allows-kansas-withhold-test-data#gsc.tab=0

 

Massachusetts

Worcester Massachusetts Teachers Call For Three-Year Moratorium on Common Core Testsn
http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/worcester-teachers-union-decry-public-school-testing-decision

 

New Mexico

Santa Fe School Chief Seeks Delay in New Mexico Test-Based Teacher Evaluation
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/boyd-s-call-to-fix-evaluations-faces-its-own-challenges/article_a0c9abd7-701c-5950-8f34-4e763ed456cc.html

 

New York

New York Assessment Reform Activists Say 250,000 Will Boycott 2014-2015 State Tests
http://www.nysape.org/nys-parents-fight-to-reclaim-student-education-from-excessive-testing-and-data-collection-250000-high-stakes-test-boycotts-planned-statewide.html
State Claims More Money Needed to Release Additional Test Questions
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/schools/king-state-ed-would-like-to-release-more-test-questions-20140918

 

Ohio

Local Ohio School Board Seeks Delay of Test-Based Teacher Evaluations
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-09-16/frye-lawmakers-should-delay-implementation-states-new-teacher-evaluation-system

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma School Grades Don’t Reflect Student Progress
http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepage5/tulsa-area-educators-grading-of-schools-doesn-t-reflect-student/article_e4df5343-5a5a-55de-b783-cdbb3c230552.html

 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island to Hold Hearings on Longer Exit Exam Delay
http://www.browndailyherald.com/2014/09/18/state-hold-hearings-whether-delay-exam-graduation-requirement/

 

Utah

Inconsistent Utah Test Standards Don’t Help Improve Education
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611285/Inconsistency-in-school-test-standards-doesnt-do-anyone-any-good.html

 

Virginia

Virginia Replaces Five Statewide Tests With Local Assessment Flexibility
http://www.yourgv.com/news/local_news/article_257d582e-3f7a-11e4-94c3-abdd4b3e4c54.html

 

Washington

Washington State Schools Are Not Failing, NCLB Is Failing Us — Petition Campaign
http://www.ourschoolsarenotfailing.org/

 

Other Pieces:

Congressional Proposal Would Put Brakes on Federal Testing Mandates
http://www.theislandnow.com/opinions/our-views-put-the-brakes-on-testing/article_4acca736-3f4f-11e4-8abb-cbc7e12a38d1.html

Most Americans Don’t Support Rating Teachers on Student Test Scores: New Survey
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-education/most-dont-support-rating-teachers-on-student-score/nhPFJ/

Yong Zhao Dissects Marc Tucker’s “Plan to Fix Our National Accountability System”
http://www.livingindialogue.com/time-give-yong-zhao-responds-marc-tucker/

Linda Darling Hammond on Equity, Diversity and Deeper Learning
http://azednews.com/2014/09/16/linda-darling-hammond-on-equity-in-education/

A Message From a Teacher Thinking About Quitting About the Real Impacts of Testing Overkill
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=7236

Many Nations Rethinking Emphasis on Standardized Testing
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/education_futures/2014/09/rethinking_the_emphasis_on_standardized_testing.html