It appears that most people are in agreement - there is too much testing in this country. (Sorry, except for Arne Duncan.) Going to the press conference at the Senator Patty Murray event at Madrona certainly made that clear. Senator Murray says there needs to be work to reduce the "redundant and unnecessary testing" in our schools. (No, she wouldn't be more specific than that.) She also said she had heard from many parents and educators that the current testing does not meet the needs of students especially around progress.
She could not have been more clear, "NCLB is broken" and it's "no secret" that it is not working. She said there was no disagreement about this in Congress.
But she did say a couple of disturbing things. One, they need "data." Data is what is going to tell us everything we need to know about student progress. Two, I asked her about student data privacy being included in any reworking of NCLB and she said, yes, there were many issues in education and this is one of them. She said it is a growing concern but only seemed concerned in a general way.
Stories about the rising up against testing.
PoliticoPro - Testing Under Fire
Huffington Post - About kindergarten teachers in Tulsa who refuse to give MAP testing to their students.
From the Lace to the Top blog, an excellent piece about testing.
If my child is going to sit for 500 minutes to take a test there better be a good reason. To date, I have not heard of any.Washington Post - Chicago School district is refusing to give the Common Core PARCC test.