This is the weekly update from Bob Schaeffer of FairTest, covering testing news from around the nation. While parents and teachers loudly say “Enough is enough,” the key figures in Congress and the Obama administration collaborate to impose another seven years of high-stakes testing on the narion’s children. They seem determined to crush the spirits if children and educators. They don’t hear their constituents. Who are they listening to?

Schaeffer writes:

This week’s news stories and opinion columns — from more than half the 50 states — demonstrate the rapidly growing breadth and depth of the U.S. assessment reform movement. As the school testing season draws near, we expect parent and student opt-out campaigns, teacher boycotts, community teach-ins, demonstrations, school board resolutions, and legislative hearings will escalate pressure on policy-makers to roll back widespread misuse and overuse of standardized exams. As always, please feel free to call on FairTest for assistance.

Add Your Voice — Write Congress Now — Demand Less Testing, No High Stakes
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Don’t Leave the Questioning Child Behind By Renewing NCLB’s Annual Testing Mandate
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/02/06/leave-questioning-child-behind-nclb/22974207/

Could Local Tests Be the Way Forward in NCLB Debate?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/02/could_local_tests_be_the_way_f.html

Alaska School Counselors Decry Toll From Over-Testing
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-02-03-2

Arizona Legislature Advances Bill to Eliminate Grad. Test Requirement
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/state-and-regional/aims-test-bill-advances/article_cfc3877f-c711-51d1-8963-e61b55a7cdb4.html

California Seeks Exemption from “No Child” Test Score Requirements
http://edsource.org/2015/state-pushing-for-exemption-from-nclb-test-score-requirement/73497#.VNIjBOFLUZw

Colorado State School Board Votes to Support Testing Cutback
http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/vote-aims-8232to-reduce-8232student-8232testing/

PARRC Won’t Solve Colorado Schools’ Testing Problem
http://www.denverpost.com/voices/ci_27468887/colorado-voices-parcc-wont-solve-our-testing-problems

Connecticut Students Ask School Board to Help Fight Standardized Tests
http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/41149/students-ask-board-to-help-battle-tests/

Superintendents Tell Governor: Freeze Florida School Grades, Eliminate Some Tests
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-superintendents-governor-school-grades-testing-post.html

Florida Teachers Plan to Protest Jeb Bush’s “Education Summit”
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-teachers-plan-to-protest-jeb-bushs-education-summit/2216158

Federal, State “Ed Reform” Policies Make Georgia Schools Worse, Not Better
http://onlineathens.com/uga/2015-02-04/federal-state-education-reform-policies-are-making-schools-worse-not-better-says-uga

Georgia Educator’s Plea: Reduce Testing to Increase Teaching Time
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/10/a-teachers-plea-to-georgia-lawmakers-lessen-testing-so-we-can-return-to-teaching/

Illinois Drops Federally Mandated Science Exams
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-no-science-test-met-20150205-story.html

Illinois Supers Urge PARCC Testing Delay: Technology Not Ready for Fair Administration
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/06/superintendents-urge-common-core-testing-delay-how-can-test-data-be-valid-under-testing-conditions-like-this/

Indiana Parents and Educators Express Concerns About Length and Pressure of State-Mandated Tests
http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/parents-and-school-officials-express-concerns-over-length-of-istep-test/31098428

PARCC Testing Upsets Louisiana Parents, Students and Teachers
http://710keel.com/242265/

Maine Will Examine Problems with New Online Testing System
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2015/02/04/commissioner-state-will-look-lewiston-online-testing-concerns/1651405

Western Massachusetts Ed Leaders Coalition Protests Exam Mandates
http://www.iberkshires.com/story/48448/North-Adams-School-Officials-Back-Coalition-Protesting-Mandates-Testing.html

Massachusetts Officials Demonstrate How Not to Respond to Opt Out Requests
http://edushyster.com/?p=6363

Newark Mayor Supports Opting Out From New Jersey State Tests
http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/02/baraka_parcc_test_is_unproven.html

Parents and Teachers Fuel Growing New Jersey Opt-Out Drive
http://www.northjersey.com/news/more-parents-fuel-opt-out-drive-for-nj-test-1.1267895

Legislature, School Districts Scramble to Put New Jersey Opt-Out Policies in Place
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/02/08/legislators-school-districts-scramble-to-put-parcc-policies-in-place/

The Problems With New Mexico’s Tests From a Student Perspective
http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_d8b06c80-ad5a-11e4-9e0c-2b23ac7765fb.html

Opt-Out Advocates Get New York City Mayor’s Attention
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/02/03/opt-out-advocates-get-attention-from-citys-most-powerful-couple/#.VNIjxOFLUZw

New York Governor Holds Education Funding Hostage in Demand for More Testing
https://www.longislandexchange.com/press-releases/aqe-on-education-budget-cuomo-is-holding-school-children-hostage-to-politically-motivated-agenda/

Op Ed: North Carolina Can Move Beyond Test-and-Punish Policies
http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/04/4530781_moving-beyond-test-and-punish.html?rh=1

North Carolina Educators Criticize School Grading Scheme
http://www.news-record.com/news/schools/official-wary-of-grading-schools/article_fc74d81c-ac16-11e4-a769-b384d49dbb99.html

Ohio Parents Planning to Opt Out of Common Core Testing
http://www.fox45now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wrgt_vid_24611.shtml

Ohio Teacher Implores School Board to Curb Testing
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/02/05/teacher-implores-elyria-board-curb-testing/

Responding to Pressure, Oklahoma Super Eliminates Writing Field Test
http://kfor.com/2015/02/07/superintendent-nixes-writing-field-tests-to-relieve-excessive-testing-for-oklahoma-students/

Education Panel’s Recommendations Could Shake Up Oregon Testing
http://www.opb.org/news/article/education-panels-proposal-could-shake-up-testing-in-oregon-schools/

Oregon Ed. Chief Endorses One-Year “Pass” on Test-Based School Ratings
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/02/oregon_chief_education_officer_3.html

Research Indicates Pennsylvania School Accountability Measure is Inaccurate
http://news.psu.edu/story/343536/2015/02/04/research/research-suggests-school-accountability-measure-inaccurate

Teacher Quits to Protest Pennsylvania’s Excessive School Testing
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/l-s-teacher-quits-over-standardized-testing-says-leaving-breaks/article_9e83c0f2-ae31-11e4-8543-0bc4ff61bc24.html

Tennessee Education Association Sues to Stop Test-Based “Value Added” Teacher Evaluations
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/my-kid-my-school/tea-sues-over-teacher-evaluations_05129342

Confusion Abounds Over Utah’s Test Opt-Out Rules
http://www.standard.net/Education/2015/02/07/State-law-about-opting-out-of-tests-clarified.html

Principal Urges Virginia Policymakers to Drop A – F School Grades
http://www.tricities.com/news/article_fac8de16-aceb-11e4-8c9c-c34037829869.html

Washington State Legislators Debate Graduation Exam Repeal Bills
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/03/3621756_no-tests-required-for-high-school.html?rh=1
Teachers Threaten to Boycott Washington State Common Core Tests
http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/290844991.html#

Technical Problems Force Wisconsin to Scale Back Computerized Tests
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/wisconsin-students-will-take-scaled-back-common-core-aligned-tests/article_c82a4638-7c30-5c5b-a88c-870f1bb7c496.html

Wyoming Senate Gives Initial Approval to Assessment Overhaul Legislation
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/wyoming-senate-approves-first-reading-of-school-testing-bill/article_7b690154-4316-57c2-87c8-9fb9cd1c39ee.html

Major National Ed. Group Calls for Two-Year Moratorium on Using Test Scores for Teacher, School Evaluation
http://www.districtadministration.com/article/ed-group-wants-halt-high-stakes-testing-evaluations

Ten Things You Need to Know About International Assessments
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/03/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about-international-assessments/

“Beyond Measure” — Support Production of a New Film About Educational Transformation by the “Race to Nowhere” Team

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office- (239) 395-6773 fax- (239) 395-6779
mobile- (239) 699-0468
web- http://www.fairtest.org

This week’s news stories and opinion columns — from more than half the 50 states — demonstrate the rapidly growing breadth and depth of the U.S. assessment reform movement. As the school testing season draws near, we expect parent and student opt-out campaigns, teacher boycotts, community teach-ins, demonstrations, school board resolutions, and legislative hearings will escalate pressure on policy-makers to roll back widespread misuse and overuse of standardized exams. As always, please feel free to call on FairTest for assistance.

Add Your Voice — Write Congress Now — Demand Less Testing, No High Stakes
http://fairtest.org/roll-back-standardized-testing-send-letter-congres

Don’t Leave the Questioning Child Behind By Renewing NCLB’s Annual Testing Mandate
http://www.citizen-times.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/02/06/leave-questioning-child-behind-nclb/22974207/
Could Local Tests Be the Way Forward in NCLB Debate?
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2015/02/could_local_tests_be_the_way_f.html

Alaska School Counselors Decry Toll From Over-Testing
http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-02-03-2

Arizona Legislature Advances Bill to Eliminate Grad. Test Requirement
http://azdailysun.com/news/local/state-and-regional/aims-test-bill-advances/article_cfc3877f-c711-51d1-8963-e61b55a7cdb4.html

California Seeks Exemption from “No Child” Test Score Requirements
http://edsource.org/2015/state-pushing-for-exemption-from-nclb-test-score-requirement/73497#.VNIjBOFLUZw

Colorado State School Board Votes to Support Testing Cutback
http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/vote-aims-8232to-reduce-8232student-8232testing/
PARRC Won’t Solve Colorado Schools’ Testing Problem
http://www.denverpost.com/voices/ci_27468887/colorado-voices-parcc-wont-solve-our-testing-problems

Connecticut Students Ask School Board to Help Fight Standardized Tests
http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/41149/students-ask-board-to-help-battle-tests/

Superintendents Tell Governor: Freeze Florida School Grades, Eliminate Some Tests
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-superintendents-governor-school-grades-testing-post.html
Florida Teachers Plan to Protest Jeb Bush’s “Education Summit”
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/florida-teachers-plan-to-protest-jeb-bushs-education-summit/2216158

Federal, State “Ed Reform” Policies Make Georgia Schools Worse, Not Better
http://onlineathens.com/uga/2015-02-04/federal-state-education-reform-policies-are-making-schools-worse-not-better-says-uga
Georgia Educator’s Plea: Reduce Testing to Increase Teaching Time
http://getschooled.blog.ajc.com/2015/02/10/a-teachers-plea-to-georgia-lawmakers-lessen-testing-so-we-can-return-to-teaching/

Illinois Drops Federally Mandated Science Exams
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-no-science-test-met-20150205-story.html
Illinois Supers Urge PARCC Testing Delay: Technology Not Ready for Fair Administration
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/06/superintendents-urge-common-core-testing-delay-how-can-test-data-be-valid-under-testing-conditions-like-this/

Indiana Parents and Educators Express Concerns About Length and Pressure of State-Mandated Tests
http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/parents-and-school-officials-express-concerns-over-length-of-istep-test/31098428

PARCC Testing Upsets Louisiana Parents, Students and Teachers
http://710keel.com/242265/

Maine Will Examine Problems with New Online Testing System
http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2015/02/04/commissioner-state-will-look-lewiston-online-testing-concerns/1651405

Western Massachusetts Ed Leaders Coalition Protests Exam Mandates
http://www.iberkshires.com/story/48448/North-Adams-School-Officials-Back-Coalition-Protesting-Mandates-Testing.html
Massachusetts Officials Demonstrate How Not to Respond to Opt Out Requests
http://edushyster.com/?p=6363

Newark Mayor Supports Opting Out From New Jersey State Tests
http://www.nj.com/essex/index.ssf/2015/02/baraka_parcc_test_is_unproven.html
Parents and Teachers Fuel Growing New Jersey Opt-Out Drive
http://www.northjersey.com/news/more-parents-fuel-opt-out-drive-for-nj-test-1.1267895
Legislature, School Districts Scramble to Put New Jersey Opt-Out Policies in Place
http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/15/02/08/legislators-school-districts-scramble-to-put-parcc-policies-in-place/

The Problems With New Mexico’s Tests From a Student Perspective
http://www.taosnews.com/opinion/article_d8b06c80-ad5a-11e4-9e0c-2b23ac7765fb.html

Opt-Out Advocates Get New York City Mayor’s Attention
http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2015/02/03/opt-out-advocates-get-attention-from-citys-most-powerful-couple/#.VNIjxOFLUZw
New York Governor Holds Education Funding Hostage in Demand for More Testing
https://www.longislandexchange.com/press-releases/aqe-on-education-budget-cuomo-is-holding-school-children-hostage-to-politically-motivated-agenda/

Op Ed: North Carolina Can Move Beyond Test-and-Punish Policies
http://www.newsobserver.com/2015/02/04/4530781_moving-beyond-test-and-punish.html?rh=1
North Carolina Educators Criticize School Grading Scheme
http://www.news-record.com/news/schools/official-wary-of-grading-schools/article_fc74d81c-ac16-11e4-a769-b384d49dbb99.html

Ohio Parents Planning to Opt Out of Common Core Testing
http://www.fox45now.com/shared/news/top-stories/stories/wrgt_vid_24611.shtml
Ohio Teacher Implores School Board to Curb Testing
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/02/05/teacher-implores-elyria-board-curb-testing/

Responding to Pressure, Oklahoma Super Eliminates Writing Field Test
http://kfor.com/2015/02/07/superintendent-nixes-writing-field-tests-to-relieve-excessive-testing-for-oklahoma-students/

Education Panel’s Recommendations Could Shake Up Oregon Testing
http://www.opb.org/news/article/education-panels-proposal-could-shake-up-testing-in-oregon-schools/
Oregon Ed. Chief Endorses One-Year “Pass” on Test-Based School Ratings
http://www.oregonlive.com/education/index.ssf/2015/02/oregon_chief_education_officer_3.html

Research Indicates Pennsylvania School Accountability Measure is Inaccurate
http://news.psu.edu/story/343536/2015/02/04/research/research-suggests-school-accountability-measure-inaccurate
Teacher Quits to Protest Pennsylvania’s Excessive School Testing
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/l-s-teacher-quits-over-standardized-testing-says-leaving-breaks/article_9e83c0f2-ae31-11e4-8543-0bc4ff61bc24.html

Tennessee Education Association Sues to Stop Test-Based “Value Added” Teacher Evaluations
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/my-kid-my-school/tea-sues-over-teacher-evaluations_05129342

Confusion Abounds Over Utah’s Test Opt-Out Rules
http://www.standard.net/Education/2015/02/07/State-law-about-opting-out-of-tests-clarified.html

Principal Urges Virginia Policymakers to Drop A – F School Grades
http://www.tricities.com/news/article_fac8de16-aceb-11e4-8c9c-c34037829869.html

Washington State Legislators Debate Graduation Exam Repeal Bills
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2015/02/03/3621756_no-tests-required-for-high-school.html?rh=1
Teachers Threaten to Boycott Washington State Common Core Tests
http://www.rentonreporter.com/news/290844991.html#

Technical Problems Force Wisconsin to Scale Back Computerized Tests
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/wisconsin-students-will-take-scaled-back-common-core-aligned-tests/article_c82a4638-7c30-5c5b-a88c-870f1bb7c496.html

Wyoming Senate Gives Initial Approval to Assessment Overhaul Legislation
http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/wyoming-senate-approves-first-reading-of-school-testing-bill/article_7b690154-4316-57c2-87c8-9fb9cd1c39ee.html

Major National Ed. Group Calls for Two-Year Moratorium on Using Test Scores for Teacher, School Evaluation
http://www.districtadministration.com/article/ed-group-wants-halt-high-stakes-testing-evaluations

Ten Things You Need to Know About International Assessments
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/03/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about-international-assessments/

“Beyond Measure” — Support Production of a New Film About Educational Transformation by the “Race to Nowhere” Team

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
office- (239) 395-6773 fax- (239) 395-6779
mobile- (239) 699-0468
web- http://www.fairtest.org