As Testing Frenzy Grows, So Does Opt-Out Movement

Is the pendulum finally swinging away from the crazy emphasis on testing for the sake of testing? Perhaps so.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Here is the latest summary of testing news from FAIRTEST:

Across the U.S., students are returning to classrooms where even more time will be devoted to standardized exam preparation and administration. Over the summer, some districts developed hundreds of new tests to comply with mandates from federal and state politicians who are still not listening to their constituents

(http://www.naplesnews.com/news/education/collier-must-create-more-than-700-exams-by-fall).

Not surprisingly, the escalating testing frenzy is additional motivation for the nation’s growing assessment reform movement.

Colorado Opt-Out Movement Grows
http://co.chalkbeat.org/2014/08/15/more-colorado-students-opt-out-of-tests-but-no-sign-of-groundswell/#.U_IigRaumNx

Large Florida County School Board Votes to Research Opting Out of Standardized Testing

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/08/12/lee-county-school-board-to-meet/13947251/

Florida District Test Opt-Out Options Legally Unclear

http://www.news-press.com/story/news/education/2014/08/13/lee-school-board-opt-legality-unclear/14036977/

More Lessons From Atlanta, Georgia Cheating Scandal

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/walt_gardners_reality_check/2014/08/atlanta_cheating_scandal_lessons.html

Indiana Superintendent Criticizes Politically Motivated School Grading System

http://www.courierpress.com/news/education/making-the-grade/ritz-expresses-displeasure-with-af-school-grades-in-meeting-with-retired-teachers_70429957

Michigan School’s Grade Plunges Due to Administrative Error

http://www.voicenews.com/articles/2014/08/16/news/doc53ee49bac2ffc331949794.txt?viewmode=fullstory

Michigan School Ratings Largely Measure Race and Income, Not Academic Performance

http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/20413

New Jersey Test-and-Punish Policies Drive Out Good Teachers

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/08/17/commentary-changes-hurt-teachers-students/14189823/

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