The Opt Out movement is spreading like wildfire. It is led by parents, not unions, though some union locals have voted to honor the wishes of parents. Parents understand that the tests are designed to fail most children. They understand that test prep and testing are stealing time from instruction. They aren’t commanded by anyone. They are listening to their children

This message was written by Bob Schaeffer of FairTest:
Normally, FairTest sends out these news clips summaries once a week, early each Tuesday afternoon. With school standardized exam season now in full gear, however, the flow of stories about testing resistance and reform actions is accelerating rapidly. This special edition — with updates from more than half the 50 states over just three days — reports on the first, too-modest steps by policy makers across the U.S. to respond to the growing grassroots pressure for assessment reform.

As more students opt out, parents demonstrate, school board members pass resolutions and polls show strong public opposition to test misuse and overuse, we are confident that there will be many more updates by next Tuesday and in the coming weeks.

Remember that back-issues of “Testing Resistance & Reform News” are archived at:
National Revolt Against High-Stakes Testing is Growing: So Is Its Impact
Arizona School Test Cheating Investigated
California Tests Graded by Non-Educators
Colorado Educators Blast Weak Education Reform Bill
Colorado Schools Need Less Testing, More Teaching
Connecticut Superintendents Say Students Can Opt Out of Tests, No “Sit and Stare”
Florida Teacher Urges Parents to Stand Up Against New State Exams
Florida House Unanimously Endorses Small Reduction in Testing Overkill
Georgia Parents Launch Opt-Out Drive
Illinois Students Opt Out of PARCC Tests
Indiana State School Board Member Offers Ideas to Cut Testing Time
Louisiana Opt Outs Top 4,000
Maryland State Senate Votes Unanimous Approval of Test Review Commission
Massachusetts Schools Deal with PARCC, Pearson and Pushback
Teachers Say PARCC Is Failing Students and Schools
Michigan Testing Politics Adds Stress for Students and Teachers
Minnesota Assessment Reform Depends in Part on Federal Law Changes
Minnesota Students Face Too Much Testing
Mississippi Ends Graduation Testing Requirement
Mississippi Parents, Students Protest PARCC Tests
New Hampshire Students Administered Wrong Smarter Balanced Assessment
New Jersey Furor Over Test Privacy
Concern Mounting About Pearson’s Role in Education
New Mexico Educators Block Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Bill
New Mexico Teachers Not Allowed to “Disparage” Standardized Tests
New York Is Testing Public Education to Death
New York Must Clear Up Mystery of Missing Test Items
Ohio High School Students Opt Out of New Tests
Ohio School District Blasts PARCC Exam
Oregon Schools Begin Testing Under Protests; More Families Opt Out
Scores From New Oregon Test Will Not Be Used on School Report Cards
Pennsylvania’s PARCC Tests Benefit Pearson, Not Pupils
Rhode Island Parents Mobilizing Against New Standardized Test
Tennessee Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose School Closings Based on Test Scores
Texas State Senate Overwhelmingly Endorses Bill Easing Graduation Testing Requirement
Utah’s New Civics Test Will Waste Student Learning Time
Wisconsin Senate Endorses Suspension of School Consequences From Test Scores
No Child Left Behind Fails to Work “Miracles” — Spurs Cheating
Ditch the Test and Punish Model: AFT President
What if “Education Reform” Movement Got It All Wrong?
More Testing Promoted as the “Rational Solution” for Schools: That’s the Problem
Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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