Testing Resistance Movement Surges   4 comments

Update:  here is a list of articles documenting the increasing surge in resistance to governmental/school-based mandatory standardized testing.

Is Opting Out of Common Core Tests a “Crime” in Alabama?  No!
http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/05/is-opting-out-common-core-tests-a-crime-in-alabama/
http://blog.al.com/live/2014/05/mobile_baldwin_school_official_1.html

Strong Critic of Standardized Testing Elected to Lead Los Angeles, California Teachers Union
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-caputo-pearl-teachers-union-election-20140429,0,216089.story#axzz30JP8ervu
Students Blow Off California Smarter Balanced Pilot Exams
http://www.scotscoop.com/39589

Why My Kids Played Hookey From This Year’s Colorado State Tests
http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_25684942/why-my-kids-played-hooky-from-school-tests

Many Connecticut Students Skip New Common Core Tests
http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/29072/some-students-skip-new-common-core-tests/
Alternative to Connecticut’s Failed Tests is Not More Tests
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Lecker-Solution-to-failed-tests-is-not-more-tests-5449394.php

Meet the New Florida Test, Same as the Old Test With a Different Name
http://folioweekly.com/MEET-THE-NEW-TEST-SAME-AS-THE-OLD-TEST,9636
Florida Legislature OK’s One Year School Grading Pause
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/04/30/4089448/fla-legislature-oks-1-year-pause.html

Time to Opt Out of Georgia High-Stakes Tests
http://onlineathens.com/opinion/2014-05-03/hilliard-opting-out-high-stakes-testing
Sample Georgia Opt Out Letter
http://www.madisonjournaltoday.com/archives/6898-LETTER-Refuse-to-have-children-subjected-to-standardized-testing-craziness.html

Missouri Families Begin to Opt Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/have-schools-reached-testing-overload/article_1799715d-7729-5b2c-80ce-e479a9a967e9.html

New Jersey Testing Revolt
http://www.myveronanj.com/2014/05/02/testing-revolt-montclair-bloomfield/

New York Senate Bill Filed to Require Disclosure of Common Core Test Questions
http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senator-ken-lavalle-renews-push-common-core-truth-testing-legislation
New York Must Make New Tests Open to Public Review
http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/05/01/ela-math-tests-common-core-grade/8582131/
New York Postpones Deadline for New Teacher Assessment
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2014/04/NY_delays_licensing_test_deadline.html
Test Prep Endures in NY Schools Despite Calls to Ease It
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/01/education/test-prep-endures-in-new-york-schools-despite-calls-to-ease-it.html
Teachers Refuse to Give Tests at High School for New Immigrants
http://www.wnd.com/2014/05/teachers-refuse-to-do-standardized-tests/
Thousands of New York Families Opt Out of Standardized Tests
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/economy/education/new-york-parents-opt-out-high-stakes-tests
The Big Lie About “Social Promotion” in New York
http://www.alternet.org/education/big-lie-reformers-are-telling-about-social-promotion-nycs-schools

Some North Carolina Students Refuse to Take State Tests
http://wfae.org/post/refusing-take-nc-standardized-tests-can-cost-some-students
North Carolina Children Talk About Test Stress
http://wunc.org/post/sweating-over-bubbles-no-2-pencil-three-families-tell-their-stories
Politically Driven Third-Grade Reading Test is “Path to Failure” for North Carolina
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/30/3823800/politics-driven-read-to-achieve.html?sp=%2F99%2F108%2F
School Board Member Calls North Carolina Testing Regime “Abuse”
http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/30/3821610/wake-county-school-board-member.html

Ohio Parents and Teachers Skewer State-Mandated High-Stakes Exams
http://www.toledoblade.com/Education/2014/04/30/Sylanians-skewer-state-mandated-testing.html
Parents Mobilize to Overhaul Third Grade Reading Test Requirement
http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2014/05/02/columbus-third-grade-reading-tests.html

Cutting Exams Will Save Pennsylvania Taxpayers Millions
http://www.dailylocal.com/social-affairs/20140504/limits-on-keystone-exams-will-save-money-dinniman
Letter: Opt Your Kids Out of Pennsylvania’s Classroom Diagnostic Test
http://www.ydr.com/letters/ci_25697503/opt-your-kids-out-cdt-test-letter

Rhode Island Legislature May End Grad Test Requirement
http://wpri.com/2014/04/29/senate-house-could-end-necap-grad-requirement/

Teachers to Sue Houston, Texas, Over Test-Score-Based Evaluations
http://blog.chron.com/k12zone/2014/04/hisd-teachers-to-sue-over-job-evaluation-system/
Texas Governor Candidate Supports Less Testing, More Performance-Based Assessment
http://www.myhighplains.com/story/d/story/davis-calls-for-reduced-emphasis-on-standardized-t/21306/QKeFDnuL3U-qHvuTLFYvfQ

Arne Duncan Will Soon Label Every Washington State School a Failure: Cue the Revolt
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/29
Washington School Board Member to Duncan: Take Your Waiver and . . . .
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/04/arne-duncan-can-keep-his-cynical-nclb-waiver-washington-school-board-member/

Pearson Wins Huge Common Core Testing Contract Despite Track-Record of Failures
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/05/05/pearson-of-course-wins-huge-common-core-testing-contract/

10 Things SAT Scores Won’t Tell You
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-things-the-sat-wont-tell-you-2014-05-02

Principal: Test-Fixated “Reform” Is Destroying Childhood
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-sheninger/education-reform-destroying-childhood_b_5235535.html

Standardized Exam Essay Robo-Graders Flunk the Test
http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/04/30/standardized-test-robo-graders-flunk/xYxc4fJPzDr42wlK6HETpO/story.html

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This list was compiled by Bob Schaeffer of http://www.fairtest.org

4 responses to “Testing Resistance Movement Surges

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  1. You need to sign up for this FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/PEACCS/

  2. Way to go ladies. Hope everyone is making sure this is a campaign issue for the upcoming primaries.

  3. It just dawned on me that the simplest way to defeat Common Core and all its ramifications is a wide-spread opt-out campaign. A program with no participants becomes no program at all. As a teacher, I wanted to reform from within, but reform from the outside is much easier and more powerful! (and less dangerous for us teachers) 🙂

  4. it’s exciting to see people standing up for their children and the education of our students in this country. Minnesota is under attack big time but we are energized and moving forward to stop Common Core. Ever hear of Grandma Grizzlies? Their motto is “Don’t mess with our Cubs”. We will soon have a website up and running.

    Linda McIntyre

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