Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 19 -25, 2017

With stories from 20 states, this week's news clips demonstrate the breadth and depth of the grassroots assessment reform movement. Effective advocacy by parents, students, educators and community leaders across the nation is pressuring more and more policy makers to cut back testing overuse and misuse, creating space for better systems of assessment. 

National Long Judged Only By Test Scores, Schools May Be Rated on Other Factors
https://www.washingtonpost.com/long-rated-by-test-scores-schools-may-soon-be-judged-on-student-abenteeism-too/2017/04/18/c5d85922-2082-11e7-be2a-3a1fb24d4671_story.html

California Massive Power Failure Disrupts School Testing
http://www.sfexaminer.com/massive-power-outage-impacts-sf-schools-state-testing/

Delaware Education Students Stressed by Cost of Required Exams
http://udreview.com/19078-2/

Florida Time to Advance Testing Reform Legislation
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/opinion/fl-editorial-florida-standardized-testing-20170424-story.html

Florida Legislators to Negotiate Scope of Assessment Changes
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article146382859.html

Florida Using NAEP "Proficiency" for Accountability Would Set Children Up for Failure
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/education-at-state-level/using-naep-proficiency-accountability-sets-florida-students-up-for-failure/

Georgia Statewide Internet Outage Disrupts Testing
http://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/statewide-internet-outage-disrupts-delays-georgia-milestones-tests/U48hiQ9SviZ1rvFBw1cJxK/

Georgia Students Opt Out of Milestone Exams
http://www.ajc.com/news/local-education/seventy-five-gwinnett-county-students-opt-out-georgia-milestones/h6lgTMwTvRs6BG5298JysM/

Illinois Students, Parents Rally for Teacher Facing Firing for Encouraging Opt Outs
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170419/little-village/sarah-chambers-special-education-saucedo-scholastic-academy

Indiana Bill to Replace Controversial ISTEP Exam Sent to Governor
http://wmot.org/post/legislation-end-istep-sent-governor#stream/0

Indiana New Test Will Be No Better Than Previous Ones
https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/jaspers-hitchcock-says-ilearn-misses-the-mark

Kansas Renewal of State Assessment Contract Tabled After Widespread Computer Testing Problems
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/kansas/articles/2017-04-19/renewal-of-student-testing-contract-tabled-after-problems

Louisiana State Ponders New Ways to Evaluate Public Schools
http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/education/article_4dabcfbe-28f8-11e7-af23-bfc186fac2df.html

Maryland Educator Action Spurs Passage of Assessment Reforms in ESSA Implementation Law
http://www.aft.org/news/union-action-promotes-strong-essa-tied-laws-maryland

Michigan Bill Would Allow Districts to Opt Out of Standardized Tests
https://michiganpeninsulanews.com/news/3906-rep-reilly-introduces-bill-allow-schools-opt-standardized-tests/

New Jersey State Senate Leaders Say Use of PARCC as Grad Requirement Violates Legislative Intent
http://www.politico.com/states/new-jersey/story/2017/04/21/sweeney-ruiz-say-use-of-parcc-as-exit-exam-violates-legislative-intent-111447

New Jersey How Grassroots Pressure Made a Difference in Testing Policy
http://mothercrusader.blogspot.com/2017/04/yesterday-i-went-on-road-trip-with-my.html

New Jersey PARCC Refusals and Districts That Do the Right Thing
http://elfasd.blogspot.com/2017/04/parcc-refusals-and-doing-right-thing.html

North Dakota Governor Signs Test Opt-Out Bill Into Law
http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/65-2017/documents/17-0879-06000.pdf

Ohio Cut the School Testing Budget
http://www.athensmessenger.com/blogs/guest_columnists/cut-the-education-budget-for-testing/article_c2a3b5a8-134d-5f39-a3ae-2ffab1012142.html

Pennsylvania Parent Group Encourages Test Opt Outs
http://www.berksmontnews.com/general-news/20170418/kutztown-parents-opt-out-group-encourages-opting-out-of-pssas-keystones

Pennsylvania Testing Obsession Extends to Tee-Shirts
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/K-12_Contrarian/2017/04/the_testing_obsessions_are_getting_a_little_weird.html

South Carolina The Spring Testing Obsession
https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/james-kirylo-that-time-of-year-spring-and-testing/

Tennessee County Leaders Take on Testing Madness
http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/columnists/david-waters/2017/04/25/david-waters-county-leaders-take-testing-madness/100838318/

Texas Author Explains Bill to Force Transparency About Testing Costs
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/04/19/author-of-texas-bill-to-promote-transparency-in-true-costs-of-testing-speaks-out/

Texas Senate to Take Up Bill Easing Graduation Exam Requirement
http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/bill-that-permanently-eases-staar-requirements-moves-senate/IbeBCOBDtn25mdtYWAgU5H/

Texas Testing Resistance Creates Space for New Ethnic Studies Course Led by FairTest Board Member
http://texasedequity.blogspot.com/2017/04/these-ethnic-studies-courses-are-great.html

Utah Let Teachers Teach
http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/5191516-155/letter-let-the-teachers-teach

Virginia Overcoming the Folly of High-Stakes Testing
http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/overcoming-the-folly-of-high-stakes-testing/article_6cd57863-1c10-535a-8aca-a993c159a0a0.html

Wisconsin ESSA Compliance Plan Drafting Under Intense Scrutiny
http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/local_schools/wisconsin-prepares-education-plan-under-lawsuit-threat/article_2830f25a-3afc-5585-a3fa-37f8383a364e.html

International We Can't Allow Australian Schools to Become Testing Factories
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/we-cant-allow-schools-to-become-testing-factories/news-story/98c00a07fa2414117e9b2e1b976a2b38

Worth Reading Why Families Should Opt Out of Standardized Testing
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/04/24/why-students-should-opt-out-of-state-testing/
 
Worth Reading 34 Problems With Standardized Exams
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2017/04/19/34-problems-with-standardized-tests/

Worth Reading What Do Teachers Quit?  Testing Overkill  Is Major Reason
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/teacherbeat/2017/04/why_do_teachers_quit_their_res.html