FairTest Reports on Advance of Test Reform Movement

This is the regular report from Bob Schaeffer of FairTest, which has been promoting test reform for many years.


 


 


Happy Holidays to assessment reformers around the nation from everyone at FairTest, and best wishes for a New Year filled with victories rolling back test misuse and overuse.


 


You can help strengthen the movement for 2015 by making an online contribution at: http:/www.fairtest.org/donate or mailing a check to P.O. Box 300204, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.


 


Thanks for all you do!


 


Delaware Selective School Entrance Exams Under Fire

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/76322-delaware-school-entrance-assessments-face-tough-test


 


Florida State Government Will Investigate School Testing Concerns

http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/state-says-it-will-investigate-standardized-tests-in-schools/2211152


 


Atlanta, Georgia Test Cheating Trial May Last Until Spring

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/District_Dossier/2014/12/atlanta_trial_week_11.html


 


Maryland Teachers Call for Suspension of Kindergarten Readiness Test

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/12/maryland_teachers_union_calls_.html


 


New Jersey Teens’ Testimony Leads Board to Evaluate Testing Requirement

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2014/12/voorhees_student_opposition_to.html

Parents Cheer 10-Year-Old Student’s Dissection of New Jersey Common Core Test

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/16/i-dont-want-to-deal-with-this-nonsense-what-a-10-year-old-girl-had-to-say-about-common-core-left-parents-cheering/

12 Reasons Why New Jersey Activists Oppose PARCC Testing

https://www.facebook.com/SaveOurSchoolsNJ/posts/882113598488468


 


New Mexico Legislation Would Limit Testing Days

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/s3656903.shtml


 


New York Advocates Blast Gov. Cuomo’s Teacher Testing Scheme

http://poststar.com/blogs/a_time_to_learn/cuomo-poses-teacher-changes-advocates-say-priorities-misplaced/article_1c4d39be-870e-11e4-aa87-8332f9b35724.html


 


Over-Testing Tea Party for North Dakota Students

http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion-letters/3637256-letter-tea-party-students-tested-enough-already


 


Purpose of Texas Schools Should Not Be Generating More Testing Data

http://www.cagle.com/2014/12/point-of-schools-isnt-more-testing/


 


Utah Grades the Wrong Things in Education

http://www.standard.net/Guest-Commentary/2014/12/20/Grading-the-wrong-things-in-public-education.html

Teacher Defense Association Seeks Reinstatement of Educator Fired for Refusing to Administer Tests

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Utah-Teacher-Defense-Association/733485876728516


 


Common Core Tests Steal Joy Out of Reading

http://www.alternet.org/how-newest-high-stakes-tests-are-stealing-joy-reading-our-kids?akid=12579.32230.NKFXSG&rd=1&src=newsletter1028778&t=11


 


More States Drop Out of PARCC Testing Consortium

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mercedes-schneider/parcc-attrition-from-2011_b_6364458.html


 


Arne Duncan’s World of Denial

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-greene/arne-duncans-denial_b_6336960.html


 


Duncan and Other “Reformers” Should Apologize

http://scholasticadministrator.typepad.com/thisweekineducation/2014/12/thompson-the-power-of-the-words-im-sorry.html


 


Teachers Cal for 360-Degree Accountability

http://www.livingindialogue.com/teacher-team-offers-new-vision-responsibility/


 


One Public School Teacher’s Open Letter to America

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/an-open-letter-to-america-from-a-public-school-teacher–2


 


Pushing Back Against High-Stakes for Students with Disabilities

http://www.aft.org/ae/winter2014-2015/tanis


 


Bad Assed Teachers Push Sec. Duncan on Test Misuse for Students with Disabilities

http://badassteachers.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-badass-teachers-association-open.html


 


Pearson and the Assessment Problem

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-cobb/pearson-and-the-assessmen_b_6343602.html


 


 


 


Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director

FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing

office- (239) 395-6773 fax- (239) 395-6779

mobile- (239) 699-0468

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via Diane Ravitch’s blog http://dianeravitch.net/2014/12/27/fairtest-reports-on-advance-of-test-reform-movement/

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