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

Key Questions to Ask Your District About School Testing

Connecticut Should Reduce Student Over-Testing,0,348395.story

Florida Suspends a Controversial Test as Debate Widens Over School Testing

Another Florida School Board Blasts Testing Overkill

Lift Florida’s Test Obsession Burden

Floridians Stand Against Testing Excess is Long Overdue

Georgia Education Association Seeks Major Reduction in Testing

Kentucky Public Schools Under Siege by So-Called “Reformers”

Massachusetts Needs Less Testing, More Learning — A Model Letter to the Editor

Putting Minnesota Test Scores in Context,11683

Too Much Testing in New Mexico Schools

New York Congressman Will File Bill to Cut Federally Mandated Testing in Half

New York May Slightly Relax Grad Testing Requirements

New Ohio School Report Cards Show Link Between Poverty and School Performance

Pittsburgh PA Elementary Schools To Reduce Testing Significantly

Fewer Exams Means More Hours for Learning

Parents, Teachers Applaud Pittsburgh’s Cutback in Testing

In Texas NEA President Calls for Testing Reform

Introduction to Yong Zhao’s New Book, “Fatal Attraction: America’s Suicidal Quest for Educational Excellence”

“Teach to the Test” Drives Teachers to Quit

How Young Is Too Young to be Inundated With Standardized Tests

Good Morning Mission Hill: A Way to Highlight Your Organization’s Work

National Merit Scholarships Continue to Misuse Tests Scores to Award College Aid

Another Large, Public University Adopts Test-Optional Admissions

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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