This is the weekly summary of test resistance and reform from Bob Schaeffer at Fairtest:

Across the U.S., there has been no let up in grassroots pressure for meaningful assessment reforms at both the national, state and district levels as the final month of the public school year gets underway.



National Time for Civil Rights Establishment to Rethink Its Position on Annual Testing

Support Senator Tester’s Amendment to End Federal Standardized Testing Overkill



Arizona Parents Tell State Superintendent Testing Overkill is Main Educational Problem



Arkansas Governor’s Advisory Panel Takes Testimony on State Assessment Policy



California Standardized Testing Scores May Spark Backlash



Colorado Problems with the PARCC Test



Connecticut Legislators Announce Plan to Eliminate 11th Grade Smarter Balanced Test



Delaware PTA Supports Opt-Out Legislation



Florida A Teachable Moment for Class Clowns Who Botched School Testing

Florida Hiatus on Test-Based Retention is a Good Start

Time to Eliminate High-Stakes Testing Across Florida



Indiana Don’t Call the Ruin of Public Schools Education “Reform”



Louisiana Charter School Leaders Resign After Questions About Testing Procedure



Maryland Educators Call for End to PARCC Testing, Not Just a Reduction

Maryland Voters Express Frustration with State Standardized Testing



Massachusetts Teachers Seek Freeze on High-Stakes Exams

Some Parents Give PARCC Test a Failing Grade



Michigan Former State Legislator Urges Families to Opt Out



Mississippi Third Grade Promotion Test on Trial



Minnesota Most Teachers Say Computer Testing Problems Affected Scores



Missouri 64% of Teachers Say Public School Students Are Over-Tested



Missouri State Ed Dept Considers Fining CTB/McGraw Hill for Score Reporting Delay



Montana 4th Graders Detail Over-Testing to U.S. Senators



New Hampshire About Half of Nashua Juniors Opt Out Of Smarter Balanced Test



New Jersey Newark School Test Protesters Praised



New York Regents Assail Pro-Testing Rhetoric

New York City Field Exams Fail the Logic Test

“You Know They Opted Out on Broadway,” a la Billy Joel



North Carolina Local School Board Airs Testing Concerns



Ohio Considers Cuts in Student Testing Requirements



Oregon New School Tests Strain Key School Resources: Time and Money

Oregon Exams Cause Varying Degrees of Stress Across State’s Schools



Pennsylvania Lawmakers Consider Suspending Keystone Grad Test



Rhode Island Activist Summit for Children and Public Schools



South Carolina New Play Explores Problems of “No Child” Education Policies



South Dakota Some Families Refuse New Exams



Tennessee State Officials Apologize to Educators for Test Score “Miscommunication”

Tennessee Groups Call for Testing Transparency



Washington Testing Cutting Into Learning Time

Washington Moving Toward Suspending Science Grad Test



The Testing Circus: Whose Fault Is It?



States Should Ditch Use of Cut Scores on New Tests



The Fallacy Behind High-Stakes Testing




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