Saturday, June 15, 2013

Testing reform in the news: June 6-12, 2013

From Fair Test:

Many major stories about assessment reform progress this week -- Texas significantly reduces standardized exam mandates; a rally in Albany opposes testing overkill, and major national groups call for a moratorium on Common Core tests.

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Texas Governor Signs Bill Eliminating Two-Thirds of Required High-Stakes Exams
Rebellion Against a Culture of Testing Bubbles Over

Thousands Protest Standardized Exam Overkill in State Capitol Demonstration
Why we Rallied Against High-States Testing -- OpEd by a former school
"Stop the Madness Song" Highlights Anti-Testing Rally

North Carolina Governor: Public School Students Take Too Many Tests

Oklahoma Lifts Testing Requirement for Learning Disabled Students

MSNBC High-Stakes Testing Protest Overview

Major Ed Groups Support Moratorium on Common Core High-Stakes Tests
Unwrapping the Flawed Common Core Tests
Common Core Collides with "Education Spring"
See FairTest Common Core fact sheet "More Tests, But Not Much Better"

Parents Bill Pearson for School Time Wasted on Field Tests

Teachers Open Letter to Pearson: Send Profits Back to the Classroom

Pearson Field Tests Earn an "F"

Great Neck School Board Adopts Resolution Blasting Over-Testing
Read the Great Neck Resolution
Sign the National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

Third Graders Slam School Time Wasted on Testing in Letters to New York

Indiana Computerized Exam Should Fail Independent Test

Local School Board Opposes Rhode Island State Grad Test Plan

Jeb Bush's "A to F" School Grading Scam Hurts High-Poverty Districts

Play the Value-Added Evaluation Game or Help Your Students?

More Ed. Leaders Should Fight Damaging School "Reforms"

Asking the Right Questions to Close Achievement Gaps

An Alternative Vision of Real School Reform
Final Installment of Excellent Video Series "A Year at Mission Hill" --
The Impact of Testing Mandates

Sign a New Declaration to Overhaul Test-Driven Schooling

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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