When will Congress get the message? More and more parents and educators are fighting the education-industrial complex. Good for profit, bad for education. Bad for children.

Fairtest reports:

As the national testing resistance and reform movement rapidly accelerates, FairTest proposes a moratorium on all high-stakes exams to allow time to overhaul assessment at the federal, state and local levels. Check out the plan and incorporate it in your grassroots advocacy!

Time for a National Moratorium on High-Stakes Testing: How It Would Work
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/14/how-a-national-moratorium-on-standardized-testing-could-work/

See FairTest Fact Sheet “Time For a Real Testing Moratorium”
http://fairtest.org/time-real-testing-moratorium

Push to Limit Federal Test Mandates Gathers Steam
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/15/08testing.h34.html

Federal Standardized Exam Rules Limit Colorado’s Assessment Flexibility
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/10/08/state-has-limited-flexibility-on-testing-feds-say/#.VDZ4DcmwRrs

Testing is Key Issue on Colorado Election Campaign Trail
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/10/09/testing-issue-follows-candidates-on-campaign-trail/

Connecticut Gears Up to Oppose Common Core Assessments
http://jonathanpelto.com/2014/10/09/connecticut-children-stupid/

Firing Delaware Educators for Low Test Scores is Bad for Students and Schools
http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/10/09/priority-plan-bad-fit-schools-students/16992367/

Educators Press to Suspend Florida’s Test-Based School Grades
http://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/news/local/educators-push-suspend-school-grades/nhddp/

Florida Parents Say Testing Overkill Taking Toll on Students, Teachers and Schools
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/local-education/testing-is-taking-toll-on-students-teachers-speake/nhc8f

Georgia School Testing Regimen is “A Crippling Lunacy”
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-10-11/blackmon-school-testing-regimen-crippling-lunacy

Georgia Test Scores Won’t Be Used for Grade Promotion in 2015
http://savannahnow.com/news/2014-10-07/2015-milestones-test-scores-wont-be-used-promotion

Kentucky Testing More Aimed at Abusing Teachers Than Helping Students
http://www.kentucky.com/2014/10/13/3478054/education-testing-more-aimed-at.html

Montgomery, Maryland Seeks Two-Year Delay in Common Core Grad Test
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/montgomery-school-officials-asks-for-delay-in-using-new-state-tests-for-graduation/2014/10/08/3678e006-4f12-11e4-8c24-487e92bc997b_story.html

Is Massachusetts Ed. Commissioner Chester Listening?
http://www.telegram.com/article/20141008/NEWS/310089991/1020/mobile

Worcester Mass. Education Advocates Decry Standardized Testing Fixation
http://www.golocalworcester.com/news/worcester-education-advocates-decry-standardized-testing-initiatives

No Matter What Test Massachusetts Uses, Students Will Be Short-Changed
http://www.lowellsun.com/opinion/ci_26701274/no-matter-standardized-test

Bloomfield, New Jersey School Board Adopts Resolution Supporting Parents Who Opt Children Out of Tests
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/bloomfield-provides-opt-out-for-standardized-tests-1.1108234

Statewide New York Assessment Reform Coalition Launches Online Opt-Out, Letter Writing Campaign
https://www.votervoice.net/NYSAPE/campaigns/37306/respond

Test-Based Teacher Bonuses Hurt Kids
http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/columnists/bryant/2014/10/10/bryant-voodoo-based-teacher-bonuses-hurt-kids/17055053/

New York Teachers Challenge Gag Order on Common Core Tests
http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/new-york/2014/10/08/nysut-challenges-gag-order-common-core-tests/16948635/

Bill Would Limit Ohio School Testing to Four Hours Per Year for Any Student
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2014/10/new_bill_would_limit_state_testing_to_four_hours_per_student_each_year.html

Test-Based Ohio School Grades Distort “Accountability”
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/sharonville/2014/10/08/column-state-report-cards-fair-assessment/16477223/

Oklahoma Testing Contract in a State of Limbo
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/10/15/08oklahoma.h34.html

Portland Oregon School Board May Refuse to Set Common Core Test Achievement Targets
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/10/in_protest_against_common_core.html

At Forum, Pennsylvania Parents Criticize New Three-Part Keystone Exams
http://mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2014/10/08/main_line_suburban_life/news/doc54354fdb17ccd617348629.txt

In Pennsylvania, All Common Core Testing, No Common Sense
http://www.yorkdispatch.com/opinion/ci_26694982/op-ed-all-common-core-no-common-sense

South Carolina Testing Mess
http://www.clintonchronicle.com/articles/2014/10/10/opinion/columnists/doc54367ce71947f577108028.txt

Use of Test Scores is Big Issue in Texas Governors Race
http://keranews.org/post/how-would-greg-abbott-and-wendy-davis-use-student-test-scores

No Child Left Behind Law is Failing, Not Washington State Schools
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/opinion/education-laws-failings.html?_r=0

Wyoming Fails to Get Testing Right for Yet Another Year
http://trib.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-board-another-year-of-education-testing-failure/article_a2079072-515e-5ce4-9573-32f4520a73de.html

Why Cash Incentives Are Not a Good Idea in Education
http://theconversation.com/why-cash-incentives-arent-a-good-idea-in-education-32494

The Failure of Standardized Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dale-hansen/atlanta-cheating-scandal_b_5945592.html

Pearson’s Wrong Answer . . . And Why It Matters in The Era of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/08/pearsons-wrong-answer-and-why-it-matters-in-the-high-stakes-testing-era/

The Educator and the Oligarch: Anthony Cody Takes on Gates Foundation Policies in New Book
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/08/an-educator-challenges-the-gates-foundation/

The Serious Problem of 2014 SAT Scores
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/10/10/the-serious-problem-with-the-2014-sat-scores/

SAT Scores: A Measure of Wealth, Environment
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/10/07/sat-scores-and-income-inequality-how-wealthier-kids-rank-higher
http://www.ctpost.com/printpromotion/article/SAT-scores-a-measure-of-wealth-environment-5813422.php

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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