Here is the weekly Fairtest report on new developments in the public’s efforts to roll back the testing frenzy that has been imposed on our nation’s children by Congress, the Bush administration, and the Obama administration:

Bob Schaeffer of Fairtest writes:

It’s only the middle of September but assessment reformers have already recorded an initial set of “wins” for the new school year: Pittsburgh significantly reduced district-mandated testing, and Florida suspended a controversial statewide reading exam. Building on successes of the recent past, escalating “enough is enough” pressure on federal, state and local policy-makers should produce many more victories in 2014-2015. For a list of questions to ask your district, check out the second item in this week’s collection of clips.

“Testing Reform Victories: The First Wave” — How Much Our Movement Has Already Accomplished
http://fairtest.org/new-fairtest-report-testing-reform-victories-first

Key Questions to Ask Your District About School Testing
http://takingnote.learningmatters.tv/?p=7218

Connecticut Should Reduce Student Over-Testing
http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-ed-cut-student-overtesting-20140910,0,348395.story

Florida Suspends a Controversial Test as Debate Widens Over School Testing
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/testing/florida-suspends-a-controversial-exam-as-debate-widens-over-school-testing/2197837

Another Florida School Board Blasts Testing Overkill
http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/education/2014/09/09/standardized-school-testing-criticized-brevard-board/15364851/

Lift Florida’s Test Obsession Burden
http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140912/OPINION/140919833/-1/opinion?Title=Kathleen-Oropeza-Lift-the-burden-of-test-obsession

Floridians Stand Against Testing Excess is Long Overdue
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/romano-a-stand-against-school-testing-is-long-overdue/2197607

Georgia Education Association Seeks Major Reduction in Testing
http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/local/georgia/2014/09/09/georgia-association-educators-change/15350845/

Kentucky Public Schools Under Siege by So-Called “Reformers”
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/09/15/3429862_public-schools-under-siege-by.html?sp=/99/349/&rh=1

Massachusetts Needs Less Testing, More Learning — A Model Letter to the Editor
http://brookline.wickedlocal.com/article/20140912/OPINION/140918288

Putting Minnesota Test Scores in Context
http://www.timberjay.com/stories/Test-scores-in-context,11683

Too Much Testing in New Mexico Schools
http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_26511345/carlsbad-current-argus

New York Congressman Will File Bill to Cut Federally Mandated Testing in Half
http://www.theislandnow.com/great_neck/rep-israel-bill-seeks-to-limit-standardized-tests/article_4ac25b28-39c3-11e4-a1f4-3bdc515cb9d2.html

New York May Slightly Relax Grad Testing Requirements
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/09/new_york_mulls_changes_in_grad.html?cmp=ENL-EU-NEWS3

New Ohio School Report Cards Show Link Between Poverty and School Performance
http://xeniagazette.com/news/home_top/50621045/New-report-cards-show-link-between-poverty-student-performance

Pittsburgh PA Elementary Schools To Reduce Testing Significantly
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/09/09/Pittsburgh-schools-to-make-big-cuts-in-testing/stories/201409090234

Fewer Exams Means More Hours for Learning
http://yinzercation.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/33-more-hours-for-learning/

Parents, Teachers Applaud Pittsburgh’s Cutback in Testing
http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/09/15/Pittsburgh-s-reduction-in-student-tests-wins-applause/stories/201409150007

In Texas NEA President Calls for Testing Reform
http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/local_news/article_28c281ac-3963-11e4-8e72-001a4bcf6878.html

Introduction to Yong Zhao’s New Book, “Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence”
http://zhaolearning.com/2014/09/13/fatal-attraction-americas-suicidal-quest-for-educational-excellence/

“Teach to the Test” Drives Teachers to Quit
http://www.futurity.org/standardized-testing-teachers-quit-762122/

How Young Is Too Young to be Inundated With Standardized Tests
http://www.alternet.org/education/how-young-too-young-be-inundated-tests

Good Morning Mission Hill: A Way to Highlight Your Organization’s Work
http://goodmorningmissionhill.com/a-way-to-highlight-your-organizations-work/

National Merit Scholarships Continue to Misuse Tests Scores to Award College Aid
http://www.examiner.com/article/national-merit-qualifying-scores-released-for-2014

Another Large, Public University Adopts Test-Optional Admissions
http://articles.philly.com/2014-09-10/news/53775454_1_test-scores-rowan-university-applicants

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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