School Reform

Below are links to articles that showcase the intense interest across the country regarding current school reform efforts.

September 9, 2014

Anti-Testing Movement Growing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/08/anti-testing-movement-growing-finding-success-around-country/

There’s Something Happening Here

http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=7172

Connecticut Suspends School Rating System

http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Connecticut-school-ranking-system-on-temporary-5732271.php?

Connecticut Governor, Seeking Reelection, Proposed Slight Reduction in Testing Time

http://wnpr.org/post/should-connecticut-students-spend-less-time-taking-tests

Florida County Rescinds “Opt Out” Vote But Moves Forward Against Test Misuse and Overuse

http://www.nbc-2.com/story/26424882/lee-countys-opt-out-vote-rescinded-3-2#.VAYx6RYXNrs

Lee County Schools Crammed With Exams — Tests Administered on Every Day of the Academic Year

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/09/07/opt-fallout-lee-schools-crammed-exams/15218495/

Testing Revolt Brews in Florida as Miami Superintendent Calls for “Pause” in School Accountability Testing

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/06/testing-revolt-brews-in-florida-as-miami-schools-chief-urges-delay-in-new-exams/

Kindergarten Testing in Florida: More Politically-Driven Madness

http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/kathleen-oropeza-more-testing-madness-in-florida-schools-20140831/

Georgia Suspends Test-Based Grades For At Least One Year

http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/section/6/article/104154/

Georgia’s System to Grade Teachers is Paralyzing

http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2014-09-05/state-system-grade-teachers-paralyzing-lanoue-says

New Tests Leave Indiana Teachers Scrambling

http://www.jconline.com/story/news/education/2014/09/02/new-standards-send-teachers-scrambling/14988497/

Group Tackles Indiana Education Issues

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20140906/LOCAL/309069957/1002/LOCAL

Excessive Testing Hurts Iowa Students

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/abetteriowa/2014/09/05/excessive-testing-hurts-iowa-children/15124973/

“Less Testing, More Learning” Campaign Launched in Massachusetts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Less-Testing-More-Learning-MA/815433301809064

Which Tests Should Minnesota Cut Back

http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2014/09/student-tests-should-minnesota-drop-some-and-if-so-which-or-maybe-use-two-tan

New Hampshire District Tries to Opt Out of New Test

http://nhpr.org/post/state-manchester-smarter-balanced-test-not-optional

New Jersey Teachers Union Call to Scale Back Testing

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/a_union_call_to_scale_back_school_testing_guest_opinion.html

Validity of New Mexico Teacher Evaluation System is Challenged

http://krwg.org/post/validity-teacher-evaluation-system-questioned

New York School Supers Blast State’s Test-Based Teacher Grades

http://www.theislandnow.com/great_neck/school-supers-blast-state-s-teacher-grades/article_6029dde4-3444-11e4-bb0c-001a4bcf887a.html

Ohio Teacher: I Can No Longer Throw My Students to the Testing Wolves

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/05/teacher-no-longer-can-i-throw-my-students-to-the-testing-wolves/

Oklahoma Standardized Exams Have Failed the Test of Time

http://hennesseyclipper.com/standardized-testing-has-failed-the-test-p7535-91.htm

Oklahoma City Schools Chief Wants Third Grade Promotion Test Law Repealed

http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/OKC-schools-head-says-repeal-3rd-grade-reading-law-5738229.php

Pennsylvania Principals Question Role of Test Scores in Evaluation Process

http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/6688313-74/evaluation-test-principals#ixzz3CNwRZvXT

Rhode Island Begins Review of Student Over-Testing

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20140902-gist-and-educators-look-into-the-issue-of-over-testing-students.ece

Exit Exam No Longer a Hurdle to Getting a South Carolina High School Diploma

http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1092507#.VAj6qBYXNrs

University of Texas Professor Debunks Standardized Testing

http://www.texasobserver.org/walter-stroup-standardized-testing-pearson/

Texas Mimics New York in Pushing Back Test Consequences

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/09/texas_mimics_ny_state_in_pushing.html

Utah Schools Prepare for “Failing” Grades From New Tests

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865610338/Are-you-ready-for-your-childs-school-to-get-a-failing-grade.html

Back to School Advice: Opt Out of High-Stakes Exams

http://www.livingindialogue.com/back-school-advice-opt-high-stakes-standardized-testing/

Education is Not a Business

http://www.yourwestvalley.com/opinion/article_80f595a0-3457-11e4-b1af-001a4bcf887a.html

(Mis)Using Tests for the Wrong Purposes

http://pdk.sagepub.com/content/96/1/46.full

Holding Kids Back Does Not Help Them Academically

http://theconversation.com/keeping-children-back-a-year-doesnt-help-them-read-better-30584

Dickens and Standardized Testing

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-breslin/dickens-and-standardized-testing_b_5760932.html

States That Lose NLCB Waivers Are Boon for Test Coaching Companies

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/marketplacek12/2014/08/waiver_setbacks_spell_more_business_potential_for_tutoring_companies.html

September 3, 2014

Colorado Education Leaders Question Standardized Testing Fixation

http://watchdogwire.com/colorado/2014/08/26/standardized-testing-questioned/

Florida District Sets Precedent by Voting to “Opt Out” of Standardized Testing

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/28/us-usa-florida-education-idUSKBN0GS2LV20140828

Lee County Schools Opt-Out Action is First Real Public Stand

http://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/08/28/opting-decision-first-real-public-stand/14774379/

In MIami-Dade Schools, the Testing Never Ends

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/09/01/4322452/in-miami-dade-schools-testing.html

Taking It Beyond Testing: Minnesota Think Tank Report on School Funding Priorities

http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/content/education-taking-it-beyond-testing-minnesota-think-tank-release-report-education-spending

Mississippi County Superintendents Says Test Scores Are “Meaningless” and “Useless”

http://onlinemadison.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=29229

Keep New Jersey Test Scores in Proper Context

http://www.app.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/08/28/editorial-keep-test-scores-proper-context/14758023/

New York City Mayor Pledges to Scrap Test-Only Selective High School Admissiosn

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/mayor-de-blasio-defends-plan-scrap-test-only-admissions-elite-high-schools-blog-entry-1.1920767

New Mexico Students Decry Say Standardized Test Pressure Undercuts Learning

http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-students-feeling-pressure-standardized-testings

Oklahoma Will Not Use Scores From Failed McGraw-Hill Writing Exam

http://newsok.com/state-education-department-says-it-will-withold-fifth-through-eighth-grade-writing-scores-from-report/article/5336605

Texas Tests Are Developmentally Inappropriate; Scores Are Politically Manipulated — Great Letters to the Editor

http://letterstotheeditorblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/staar-standards-tests-are-flawed.html/

Vermont Stands Up to Testing, Respects Students, Parents and Teachers

http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=3205

Washington State Educators Have a Message for Arne Duncan

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/29/we-have-a-message-for-you-secretary-arne-duncan/

Student Test Scores Do Not Drive National Economic Performance:

http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/publications/policypoints/Test-Scores-Economic-Performance-Aug-14.pdf

Teachers of Affluent Students Get Highest Evaluations

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2014/08/do_ratings_penalize_teachers.html

Common Core Testing Group Shortens English/Language Arts Assessment

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/08/parcc_shortens_englishlanguage.html

A Question for Arne Duncan: Who is Really “Sucking Air” Out of Education?

http://michaelklonsky.blogspot.com/2014/08/duncans-unsolicited-confession-hes.html

Test-Optional College Admissions Movement Takes Off

http://www.examiner.com/list/the-test-optional-movement-takes-off

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