Bob Schaeffer of Fairtest reports:

The pace of assessment reform news accelerates as back-to-school season begins. Note the geographic breadth of the rapidly growing high-stakes testing resistance with stories from 17 states and the District of Columbia just this week. There are also several very good commentaries.

Remaking Accountability in California: Moving Beyond Test Scores
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/state_edwatch/2014/08/remaking_accountability_in_california_.html

The Failure of Washington, DC Test-Driven “Reform”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/elaine-weiss/dc-public-schools-education-reform_b_5663113.html

Florida Education Officials Continue Testing Misuse
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/opinion/commentary-florida-education-officials-misusing-te/ngxQk/

Atlanta, Georgia, School Test Cheating Trial Gets Underway: Understanding the Context
http://atlantaforward.blog.ajc.com/2014/08/10/aps-cheating-trial-begins/
http://news.yahoo.com/12-atlanta-educators-face-trial-widespread-cheating-scandal-142245023.html

Indiana Accepts $3Million in CTB/McGraw-Hill Test Foul-Up Settlement
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/indiana-agrees-3m-settlement-school-test-hitch-24866573

Louisiana Governor Seeks Injunction to Block Use of Common Core Assessments
http://www.nola.com/education/baton-rouge/index.ssf/2014/08/bobby_jindal_seeks_court_injun.html

New Jersey Board of Ed Reduces Role of Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation
http://www.nj.com/education/2014/08/nj_state_board_of_education_changes_much-criticized_teacher_evaluation_formula.html

New Mexico Teachers Seek Common Core Exam Delay; Development of Better Assessments
http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-9035-tank-the-tests.html

Parent, Educator Pressure Forces Release of Half of New York State Test Questions
http://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/education/2014/08/06/test-results-released/13690075/

On School Exam Transparency, New York Fails Test
http://www.citylimits.org/conversations/265/testing-and-transparency

New York Teachers Demonstrate Against Pearson Testing Contract
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Teachers-use-Occupy-tactics-to-score-points-5682534.php

Time to Ditch North Carolina’s School Grading Gimmickry
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/11/5100568/dont-just-delay-ditch-a-f-grades.html#.U-o0RBaumNx

Ohio Educators Protest “Toxic” Standardized Exams
http://www.stowsentry.com/latest%20headlines/2014/08/05/teachers-union-protests-standardized-tests-in-columbus

Oklahoma Attorney General Investigates CTB/McGraw-Hill Standardized Exam Administration Problems
http://www.theadanews.com/statenews/x197382992/Okla-AG-opens-inquiry-into-standardized-test-woes

Rhode Island Student Advocates Affirm Value of Grad Test Moratorium
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/education/20140806-ri-groups-affirm-necap-moratorium-is-necessary-after-board-of-ed-chief-said-system-worked-fine.ece

Nashville, Tennessee Eliminates District-Mandated Standardized Exam
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2014/08/11/metro-schools-stop-requiring-tcap-practice-test/13933205/

Statewide Texas Candidates Seek Testing Reduction
http://www.conchovalleyhomepage.com/story-your-local-election-hq/d/story/van-de-putte-calls-for-reducing-high-stakes-testin/36688/zsB6GNeuEEyuDGy41bS9Qw

Good Luck Explaining the Current Texas Public School Accountability Rating System
http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/explaining-the-texas-public-school-accountability-rating-system-good-luck-on-that.html/

Vermont Ed. Commissioner Dissects “No Child Left Behind” Flaws in Letter to Parents of “Failing” Schools
https://dianeravitch.net/2014/08/07/rebecca-holcombe-a-hero-of-american-education/

Virginia Testing is Leaving Too Many Students Behind
http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/article/20140808/OPINION/140809320/1065&template=fairfaxTimes

Local Activist and Students Organize to Overhaul Virginia SOL Tests
http://theroanokestar.com/2014/08/12/sols-in-the-crosshairs-for-local-activist-students/

“No Child Left Behind” Fails to Help Washington State Students
http://myedmondsnews.com/2014/08/commentary-child-left-behind-act-federal-law-failing-schools/

New NEA Leader: Revolt, Ignore Stupid Reforms
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/11/new-nea-leader-to-nations-educators-revolt-ignore-stupid-reforms/

Testing is a Lousy Way to Hold Schools Accountable
http://www.gazettextra.com/20140811/jason_stanford_testing_is_a_lousy_way_to_hold_schools_accountable

Standardized Exams Take Away Valuable Classroom Learning Time
http://www.abqjournal.com/443122/riowest/standardized-testing-takes-away-valuable-classroom-learning.html

School Testing May Be Driving Parents Away From Engagement with Their Children’s Schools
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/08/07/is-school-testing-driving-parents-away-from-their-childs-school/

How to Fix Test-Driven Kindergartens
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/08/07/ten-ways-to-fix-the-mess-that-is-kindergarten/

Video Games as a New Form of Teaching, Learning and Assessment
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/07/337129961/tests-that-look-like-video-games

The Sordid History of Standardized Tests: Sorting and Ranking
http://www.livingindialogue.com/ranking-sorting-real-purpose-standards-tests/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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