The regular report from Bob Schaeffer of Fairtest:

The accelerating testing resistance and reform movement is beginning to produce modest victories across the country. Reflecting constituent pressure, more politicians are speaking out against over-testing. A few have established commissions to investigate the problem (and solutions). Several state legislatures have voted to cut back the number of tests and reduced their consequences. Classroom teachers have pushed their national associations to adopt stronger positions. More news stories and opinion columns recognize the failure of test-and-punish policies and examine alternatives. The grassroots movement continues to build power as local activists plan to be even more effective in the 2014-2015 school year.

Of course, much more fundamental changes are needed — an interim goal should be a moratorium on high-stakes testing, allowing time to develop and implement better assessment systems. That, in turn, will require an overhaul of both state and federal testing mandates, which will increasingly be organizers’ focus in the coming year.

California Governor Brown Denounces Testing Overkill

Colorado Test Review Commission Begins Work

Critics of D.C. Education Policies Question Reported Test-Score Gains

Orlando School Board Member Says Purpose of Florida Test is to Flunk Kids, Build Support for School Privatization,0,5203556.story

Choosing Between Testing and True Learning in Illinois Classrooms

Kansas Won’t Release Any Scores From Disrupted 2014 State Test Administration

Michigan’s Deceptive Private School Test Scores

New Jersey Rolls Back Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Rules; Commission Will Study Role of Exams

New Mexico to Correct Flawed Teacher Evaluation Scores

Test Scores Are No Sure Guide to What New York Students Know

Grassroots Revolt Against Test-Driven “Reform” Changes Oklahoma Politics

Portland Oregon School Board to Call for Delay in Common Core Test Based Evaluations

Rhode Island Legislators Did Right Job in Voting for Grad Test Delay

Tennessee Educators Criticize Use of Standardized Tests as “Be-All, End-All” of Education

Meaningless Texas Test Scores

Number of Required Virginia Tests Reduced

Beyond Bubble Tests: Why We Need Performance Assessments

What Would Mark Twain Think About Common Core Tests?

Why is Arne Duncan Still Pushing The Dangerous “Low Expectations” Myth?

When Will the Testing Obsession End?

One Reason Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

AFT Escalates Fight Against Common Core Assessments

NEA Advocates Cutback in Federal Exam Mandate — Cyber-Lobbying Link

Teachers Unions Latest to Back Away From Common Core Testing Embrace

Special Education Taken Over By Testing Frenzy

Here’s Why We Don’t Need Standardized Tests

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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