The following report comes from FairTest, which keeps track of news about testing a Ross the nation and advocates for sensible testing policies:

This week’s stories about test protest and reform activities — as well as a few victories — come from more than a third of the states, as the movement continues to spread, intensify and gain more clout.

Four Reasons Why Alabama Parents Want to Opt Their Kids Out of Tests

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/04/4_reasons_parents_want_to_opt.html

Colorado Testing Fight Nears Boiling Point

http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/04/24/testing-issue-coming-back-to-the-boil/

Colorado Teachers Union Joins Fight for High-Stakes Moratorium

https://dianeravitch.net/2014/04/25/breaking-news-colorado-teachers-force-union-to-join-fight-against-high-stakes-testing/

Connecticut Mom Says: Let’s Ditch Those Tests and Let Teachers Teach

http://www.courant.com/features/parenting/hc-common-core-testing-parenting-20140425,0,2684706.story

Growing Debate Over Connecticut Opt-Out Policies

http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Can-students-opt-out-of-new-standardized-tests-5432231.php

Florida School Stops Serving Kids High-Sugar, Caffeinated Drinks Before High-Stakes Tests

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/education/2014/04/23/school-stops-serving-mountain-dew-before-fcat-after-complaints/8050073/

There’s Still Time for an Assessment Reform Pause

http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-theres-still-time-for-a-test-reform-pause/2176908

Georgia Family Wins Opt-Out Fight With School District

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/04/24/standardized-test-opponents-reach-agreement-with-school/

Standardized Tests Are Not Useful Tools for Georgia Parents, Students,Teachers or Schools

http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Can-students-opt-out-of-new-standardized-tests-5432231.php

Excellent Parents’ Group Testimony to Illinois Legislature

http://pureparents.org/?p=21271

Computer Problems Disrupt Indiana Practice Tests

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/2014/04/24/new-istep-glitches-put-educators-edge/8084747/

Minnesota Parent: I Am Middle Class, My Kids Test Well, and I Opt Out for Better Learning

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/sarahlahm/i-am-middle-class-my-kids-test-well-and-i-opt-out

http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/blog/sarahlahm/opting-out-tests-and-learning-matters

South High Leads Way for Minnesota Test Protests

http://www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/256789551.html

Nebraska Parents Begin Joining National Movement to Say “No” to Test Overkill

http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/parents-saying-no-to-all-the-tests/article_393d15b8-cdc7-11e3-918a-001a4bcf887a.html

Time for New Jersey to Fight Back Against Standardized Testing

http://www.myveronanj.com/2014/04/27/op-ed-fight-back-high-risk-standardized-testing/

New York City Activists Rally Against High-Stakes Testing

http://indypendent.org/2014/04/25/photos-nyc-education-activists-rally-against-high-stakes-standardized-testing

Why New York’s Common Core Tests Are So Bad

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/23/opinion/tampio-common-core/

Louis C.K. Blasts Common Core Testing in New York: “Massive Stressball That Hangs Over the Whole School”

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2014/04/louis_ck_twitter_common_core_standardized_testing_pearson_math_is_hell.php

No Place for Poetry on New York’s Common Core Exams

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cynthia-wachtell/no-poetry-on-my-sons-comm_b_5223744.html

AFT Asks Pearson to Lift “Gag Order” on NY Teachers Talking About Tests

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/25/aft-asks-pearson-to-stop-gag-order-barring-educators-from-talking-about-tests/

More Oklahoma Parents Opting Out of Standardized Exams

http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/scene/becauseisaidso/because-i-said-so-more-parents-are-opting-out-of/article_22f43014-cca2-11e3-ac8d-0017a43b2370.html

Profile in Courage: Oklahoma Fights to Exempt Students Whose Parents Were Killed in a Car Crash From State Testing

http://www.okcfox.com/story/25322910/superintendent-defies-state-after-students-testing-exemption-denied

Pennsylvania Testing Forum Looks for Better Ways to Assess

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/25/4150130/standardized-testing-forum-looks.html

Students Put Providence, R.I. Mayoral Candidates on the Record Against Graduation Test

http://wpri.com/2014/04/25/providence-mayoral-candidate-oppose-necap-city-busing-policy/

Tennessee Rolls Back Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Policy

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2014/04/24/haslam-signs-bill-undoing-controversial-teacher-license-policy/8121885/

More Tennessee Families Opt Out as Testing Drives Students to Tears

http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/04/28/tennessee-schools-stress-testing-students-driven-tears/

Why Texas Legislators Should Take the Same Tests They Require for Students

http://letterstotheeditorblog.dallasnews.com/2014/04/legislators-take-the-same-standardized-tests-you-ask-our-children-to-take-and-make-the-results-public.html/

New Texas Law Limits Standardized Exams But Not Test Prep

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/us/new-law-is-limiting-standardized-tests-but-not-prep-work.html

Utah Educators Deal Delicately With Opt-Out Requests

http://www.standard.net/stories/2014/04/24/area-teachers-treading-gingerly-around-sage-opt-out-issue

Widespread Problems Disrupt Computerized Tests . . . . Just As Predicted

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/28/computer-troubles-mar-standardized-testing-in-multiple-states/

The Crazy Way Common Core Test Cut Scores Are Set

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/29/the-scary-way-common-core-test-cut-scores-are-selected/

Canadian Perspective on U.S. — Forget Test Scores: Fight Poverty

http://thechronicleherald.ca/letters/1203117-forget-test-scores-fight-poverty-and-keep-education-public

What Does the SAT Measure: “Aptitude,” “Achievement,” or Anything At All?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/04/22/what-does-the-sat-measure-aptitude-achievement-anything/

New Resource: “Politics Aside: Our Children and Their Teachers in Score Driven Times”

http://bookreviewbuzz.com/education-politics-aside-our-children-and-their-teachers-in-score-driven-times/

Parody Song: “I Write the Tests That Make the Whole World Fail”

http://testingtalk.org/response/i-write-the-tests-i-write-the-tests-these-observations-sung-to-chorus-of-barry-manilows-song/

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