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Jerry P. Becker

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Special Edition: Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 2 - 4, 2014
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From EDDRA2 listserve, Friday, April 4, 2014.
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The 2014 round of standardized exam administration got underway in
several states this week. As predicted by FairTest and our Testing
Resistance & Reform Spring (TRRS) allies, opt-out campaigns and other
forms of protest exploded in many communities. In just the past three
days, we've seen so many great news clips that we could not wait
until our normal Tuesday distribution date to circulate them
nationally.

Check out these stories about local activities around the nation and
the great commentaries about why to protest, then go to the TRRS
website -- <http://www.resistthetest.org>http://www.resistthetest.org
-- and post your own events to show allies, the media and
policy-makers the ever-growing strength of our movement.

Opt Your Children Out of State Testing: Don't Feed the Machine
<http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/01-2>http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/01-2

Mistreating Students and Teachers in the Name of Higher Test Scores
<http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6900>http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=6900

Delaware Teachers Seek Indefinite Moratorium on Test-Based Evaluations
<http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2014/04/02/dsea-pushes-lawmakers-hold-evaluations/7200221/>http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2014/04/02/dsea-pushes-lawmakers-hold-evaluations/7200221/

One Simple Sentence Can Opt Students Out of Iowa Standardized Exams
<http://abetteriowa.desmoinesregister.com/2014/04/01/prime-one-simple-sentence-can-opt-your-child-out-of-tests/>http://abetteriowa.desmoinesregister.com/2014/04/01/prime-one-simple-sentence-can-opt-your-child-out-of-tests/

Cyber Attacks Paralyze Kansas Testing
<http://cjonline.com/news/2014-04-01/cyber-attacks-paralyze-state-math-and-reading-tests>http://cjonline.com/news/2014-04-01/cyber-attacks-paralyze-state-math-and-reading-tests

Maine Educators Seek Moratorium on New Standardized Tests
<http://bangordailynews.com/2014/04/02/news/state/maine-education-association-seeks-moratorium-on-new-standardized-tests/>http://bangordailynews.com/2014/04/02/news/state/maine-education-association-seeks-moratorium-on-new-standardized-tests/

Bill to Delay Test Use for Teacher Evaluation Heads to Maryland Governor
<http://marylandreporter.com/2014/04/02/common-core-relief-bills-heading-to-governor/>http://marylandreporter.com/2014/04/02/common-core-relief-bills-heading-to-governor/
Maryland School Encounters Technical Problems With Common Core Field Test
<http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/04/field_testing_an_on-the-ground.html>http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/04/field_testing_an_on-the-ground.html

Nashua, New Hampshire School Board Pushes to Delay Common Core Assessments
<http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140402/NEWS0606/140409883>http://www.unionleader.com/article/20140402/NEWS0606/140409883

New Jersey Parents Must Push Back Against Test Overuse: Letter
<http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/letter_push_back_against_too_much_use_of_standardized_school_tests.html>http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/04/letter_push_back_against_too_much_use_of_standardized_school_tests.html

New York Boycotts Protest Harmful Effects of Testing
<http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/another-voice/another-voice-boycotts-of-standardized-tests-protest-the-harmful-effect-on-our-education-system-20140401>http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/another-voice/another-voice-boycotts-of-standardized-tests-protest-the-harmful-effect-on-our-education-system-20140401

At Least 30,000 New York Students Sit Out Standardized Exams
<http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/common_core_30000_opt_out.html>http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/common_core_30000_opt_out.html

80% Opt Out at One Brooklyn School -- Parent Calls Movement "Common Sense"
<http://pix11.com/2014/04/01/opting-out-of-controversial-common-core-testing-is-common-sense-brooklyn-parents/#axzz2xgU5MAtE>http://pix11.com/2014/04/01/opting-out-of-controversial-common-core-testing-is-common-sense-brooklyn-parents/#axzz2xgU5MAtE

Is Testing Taking Over Schools; Entire NYC Faculty Says Yes
<http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/04/02/is-testing-taking-over-our-schools-an-entire-faculty-says-yes/>http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/04/02/is-testing-taking-over-our-schools-an-entire-faculty-says-yes/

New York "Teachers of Conscience" Refuse to Administer Common Core Tests
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/04/teachers-refuse-to-administer-standardized-tests/>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/04/teachers-refuse-to-administer-standardized-tests/

New York Won't Punish Schools Where Many Students Opted Out
<http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/new_york_wont_penalize_schools_where_students_opted_out_of_exams.html>http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/04/new_york_wont_penalize_schools_where_students_opted_out_of_exams.html

Why Our Son Won't Take North Carolina's End-of-Grade Tests
<http://obsdailyviews.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-our-son-wont-take-eogs.html>http://obsdailyviews.blogspot.com/2014/04/why-our-son-wont-take-eogs.html

Oklahoma Computerized Exams Experience Technical Problems
<http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/schools-rattled-yesterday-by-online-testing-system-problems/article_edf90d74-bb73-11e3-b881-0017a43b2370.html>http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/schools-rattled-yesterday-by-online-testing-system-problems/article_edf90d74-bb73-11e3-b881-0017a43b2370.html

Rebellion Against Standardized Testing Spreads to Pennsylvania
<http://www.citypaper.net/article.php?Rebellion-against-standardized-testing-spreads-to-Philly-20022>http://www.citypaper.net/article.php?Rebellion-against-standardized-testing-spreads-to-Philly-20022

Tennessee Advances Bill to Bar Linking Student Test Scores to Teacher Licensing
htt<http://www.tribtown.com/view/story/8511609771d64e9290ea16f21ae9e173/TN--Teachers-Test-Scores>p://www.tribtown.com/view/story/8511609771d64e9290ea16f21ae9e173/TN--Teachers-Test-Scores

Parents in 30 Texas Districts Submit Opt-Out Letters
<http://kxan.com/2014/04/01/one-district-changes-the-rules-as-more-parents-opt-kids-out-of-staar-testing/>http://kxan.com/2014/04/01/one-district-changes-the-rules-as-more-parents-opt-kids-out-of-staar-testing/

Congressman: Federal Testing Reform Would Empower Local Schools
<http://www.troyrecord.com/opinion/20131126/rep-chris-gibson-empowering-local-schools-the-case-for-reform>http://www.troyrecord.com/opinion/20131126/rep-chris-gibson-empowering-local-schools-the-case-for-reform

Rep. Gibson's Bill to Reduce Federal Testing Mandates
<http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr4172ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr4172ih.pdf>ttp://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr4172ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr4172ih.pdf

Federal Auditors Fault State Test Security: Many Unusual Score Gains
Not Investigated
<http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/04/nearly_a_year_ago_the.html>http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2014/04/nearly_a_year_ago_the.html

The High Stakes of High-Stakes Testing
<http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/sns-201404021730--tms--rkoehlerctnbk-a20140403-20140403,0,5729716.column>http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/sns-201404021730--tms--rkoehlerctnbk-a20140403-20140403,0,5729716.column

Testing Experts Say: Time to Evaluate Teacher Evaluations
<http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/02/27sukin.h33.html>http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/04/02/27sukin.h33.html

Some Politicians Still Ignore Parents . . . . at Their Peril
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/01/case-study-how-politicians-ignore-parents-on-school-reform/>http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/01/case-study-how-politicians-ignore-parents-on-school-reform/


Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office- (239) 395-6773 fax (239) 395-6779
mobile- (239) 699-0468
web- <http://www.fairtest.org>http://www.fairtest.org

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