Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 11 - 17, 2018

With students taking annual standardized exams in schools across the U.S., there's a spate of stories about computerized testing breakdowns, assessment design flaws, and the educational damage from current policies. All this evidence will strengthen the movement seeking to replace testing overkill with better forms of assessment. Remember that back issues of these weekly news clips are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news

National Follow the Money: The Story Behind NAEP Score Patterns
https://politics.myajc.com/news/local-education/follow-the-money-the-sto...

Arkansas Test Scores Are Less Important than Mastery, Engagement
http://www.swtimes.com/entertainmentlife/20180413/education-today-studen...

California ESSA Plan Based on Multiple Measures, Not Just Test Scores, Heads to Betsy DeVos
https://edsource.org/2018/californias-plan-for-every-student-succeeds-ac...

Florida Why Test-Based Third Grade Retention Must End Immediately
https://theoptoutfloridanetwork.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/kathleen-jasper...
Florida State-Mandated Exams Interfere with Take Your Children to Work Day
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2018/04/11/take-your-sons-and-da...

Georgia Federal Waiver Allows End of Middle School Double Testing
http://www.tribuneledgernews.com/ledger/georgia-receives-waiver-to-avoid...

Hawaii Teachers Think Kids Are Taking Way Too Many Tests
http://www.civilbeat.org/2018/04/hawaii-teachers-think-your-kids-are-tak...

Massachusetts Stories About How Test Abuse Hurts Children
https://lesstestingmorelearning.tumblr.com/

Michigan How Life Outside of School Affects Student Academic Performance
https://www.brookings.edu/research/how-life-outside-of-a-school-affects-...

Mississippi Why Students Are Over-Tested
https://northsidesun.com/opinion-editorials/overtesting
Mississippi Task Force Created to Review Testing Policies in Response to Public Backlash
https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2018/04/16/mississippi...

New Mexico Time to End PARCC Testing
http://lascrucessunnews.nm.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=167d6267a

New York Test Boycott Movement Remains Strong -- Opt-Outs Top 50% in Some Districts
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/state-test-ela-opt-outs-1....
New York Computer Testing Chaos Produces Major Exam Administration Delays
https://dailygazette.com/article/2018/04/11/delays-reported-in-computeri...
New York Concerns About Exam Integrity After Test Items Posted on Facebook
https://www.newsday.com/long-island/education/state-tests-ela-facebook-w...
New York Failing the Test: How Pearson's Exams Performed
https://hawksites.newpaltz.edu/currents/2018/04/13/failing-the-test/#mor...

Oregon The Flaws in Current Testing Practices
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/04/test_performance_in_...

Pennsylvania Growing Support for Bill Authorizing Alternatives to Keystone Exams
https://lancasteronline.com/opinion/editorials/keystone-exams-aren-t-the...
Pennsylvania Teacher's Book of Poetry Takes Aim at Standardized Exams
http://www.phillyvoice.com/philly-teachers-poetry-pssa-tests-standardize...

Tennessee  Computerized Testing Problems Disrupt Exams Across State
https://in.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2018/04/16/breaking-tnready-testing-la...

Texas Opting Out Is Possible, But Not Easy
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/2016/05/26/hate-the-staar-test...
Texas Study Shows Holding Children Back in Grade School Hurts Their Chances of Graduating
http://www.educationviews.org/14-year-study-holding-students-back-in-gra...

University Admissions Time to Ditch the SAT for Test-Optional Policies
https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2018-04-13/commentary-ti...
University Admissions Kill the SAT and ACT Essay Exams
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-murphy-kill-the-sat-act-essay...
University Admissions Stanford Allows Each Graduate Program to Determine if GRE Will Be Required
https://news.stanford.edu/2018/04/13/faculty-senate-graduate-education/

International India's Exam System Needs an Overhaul, not Just Tweaking
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/opinion/op-ed/170418/indias-exam-system-...

Worth Reading Why Are We Still Testing?
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/04/why-are-we-still-testing.html
Worth Reading Test Formats Favor Different Genders
https://www.futurity.org/gender-standardized-tests-1727962-2/

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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