Testing Resistance & Reform News: April 27 - May 2, 2016

With news reports from fully half the 50 states, including the predictable collapse of yet another new, computerized exam administration system, it is clear that the assessment reform movement is spreading across the country as testing season peaks.

National NAEP Scores Show Decade of Test-Driven School "Reform" Produced No Academic Progress
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/05/03/what-the-...
National What New Federal Testing Rules Really Mean
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/04/28/new-u-s-r...
National Opt Outs Continue to Grow as States Reclaim Some Power
http://www.districtadministration.com/article/opt-outs-still-grow-states...

California Testing 1, 2, 3 . . .
http://www.berkeleyside.com/2016/04/28/op-ed-berkeley-testing-testing-1-...
California Student Starts Opt-Out Movement Grows
http://www.latimes.com/socal/burbank-leader/news/tn-blr-me-0423-optingou...

Colorado Opt-Out Numbers Don't Tell the Whole Story
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/04/27/why-opt-out-numbers-in-colo...
Colorado Opt-Out Movement Seeks Change in System
http://gazette.com/opt-out-movement-seeks-change-in-system/article/1575177
Colorado District Responses to Opt Outs Varies Widely
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2016/04/29/how-colorado-districts-try-...

Connecticut Teacher Evaluations Should Not Be Linked to Invalid Tests
http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20160428/forum-why-connecticut-teacher...
Connecticut Test a Poor Measure for Students and Teachers Alike
http://www.ctpost.com/opinion/article/Test-a-poor-measure-for-kids-and-t...

Delaware Will Students Be Reimbursed for Classroom Time Lost to Testing?
http://www.delmarvanow.com/story/opinion/2016/04/29/deny-students-full-d...

Florida Inside the Testing Marathon
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/community-voi...
Florida Opt-Out Network Pushes Back Against Testing Consequences
http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/School-testing-wraps-up-What-are-the-...
Florida More to Education Than Standardized Test Scores
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/maxwell-there-is-more-to-educati...

Georgia State Testing Trips Over Technology Issues
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/state-testing-trips-over-...
Georgia After Your Kids Take the Tests, Who Grades Them? The Surprising Answer
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2016/04/27/after-your-kids-take-the-mi...
Georgia Some Parents Refuse to Allow Their Children to Take State Exams
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-education/some-parents-refuse-to-al...

Idaho State Policy Makers Should Experience the Exams They Mandate
http://www.idahostatesman.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article74310292.html

Illinois Chicago Teachers Union Magazine Features Articles on Testing Reform
http://www.ctunet.com/media/chicago-union-teacher/downloadable-pdf/CUT-A...
Illinois Students' Futures Are More Than Test Scores
http://www.morrisherald-news.com/2016/04/26/students-futures-are-more-th...

Indiana Panel to Determine Future of State Testing
http://wbaa.org/post/meet-people-who-decide-future-school-testing

Louisiana Emphasis on Test Scores Will Be Reduced and Some Sanctions Postponed
http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2016/04/john_bel_edwards_business...

Maryland State School Board Tone Deaf on Testing
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/opinion/editorial/state-school-board-to...

Massachusetts Educators and Parents Sponsor Community Forums to Focus on Opt-Out Rights
http://www.mtatoday.org/mtatoday/spring_2016?pg=3#pg3
Massachusetts Movement Takes a Stand Against High-Stakes Exams
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/special/20160428/movement-takes-stand-aga...
Massachusetts It's That Time of the Year Again
http://superintendentlps.blogspot.com/

Michigan The Toxic Environment of Standardized Testing
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2016/04/26/toxic-environment-st...
Michigan Is State Test Hurting Kids, Teachers and Schools?
http://www.wxyz.com/news/fix-my-schools/is-the-m-step-test-hurting-your-...

Minnesota State Auditors Will Examine Standardized Testing
http://www.mankatofreepress.com/news/local_news/state-auditors-to-look-a...

New Jersey Bill Would Delay Use of Tests to Determine Graduation
http://www.nj.com/education/2016/04/nj_bill_would_delay_using_parcc_othe...
New Jersey PARCC Test Vendor Pearson Should Be Fined for Computer Exam Foul Up
http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/04/pearson_owes_us_for_parcc_pr...
New Jersey PARCC Silly Season is Underway as Supporters Make Wild Claims About Test's Value
http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-parcc-silly-season.html

New York Local School Officials Skeptical About State Plans for Exam Revisions
http://www.dailyfreeman.com/general-news/20160427/rhinebeck-school-offic...
New York City Scraps Tests for Gifted-and-Talented Program Enrollment
http://www.alternet.org/education/four-poorer-neighborhoods-nyc-scraps-t...

Ohio Top Lawmakers Don't Understand Their Own School Evaluation System
http://plunderbund.com/2016/04/26/top-ohio-gop-education-lawmakers-dont-...

Oregon Parents Can Force End to Unnecessary Testing
http://registerguard.com/rg/opinion/34296534-78/parents-can-force-end-to...

Pennsylvania State Ed. Secretary Pledges Reduction in Standardized Test Mandates
http://www.centredaily.com/news/local/education/article74529057.html
Pennsylvania School Boards Association Makes Recommendations for ESSA Implementation
https://www.psba.org/2016/04/essa-recommendations-released/

Rhode Island State Ed. Commissioner Wants to End PARCC Grad Test Requirement
http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20160427/mixed-reaction-to-droppin...

South Carolina Special Ed Teacher Suspended After Seeking Test Exemption for Her Students
http://wspa.com/2016/04/27/upstate-teacher-on-leave-after-writing-contro...

Tennessee Testing Cancelled Statewide, Computer Exam Vendor Fired
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/04/27/tennessee-fires-tnready-tes...
Tennessee U.S. Ed. Sec. Says State Should Look Beyond Test Scores for Accountability
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/05/02/u-s-secretary-of-education-...
Tennessee Company Had Early Warning Signs of Testing Problems
http://www.wbir.com/web/wbir/news/local/education/tnready-test-company-h...
Tennessee State Exam Testing Patience of Parents
http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-04-27/education/tnready-testing-pa...

Texas Five Former El Paso School Administrators Arrested in Test Cheating Scandal
http://www.kvia.com/news/former-episd-administrator-arrested/39239246
Texas Does Test Score Overuse Lead to Cheating?
http://www.kvia.com/news/does-flawed-state-testing-system-lead-to-cheati...
Texas Supers Give Test an "F," Ask State to Hold Off Using Results
http://educationblog.dallasnews.com/2016/04/texas-school-chiefs-give-f-f...

Washington Inside the Uprising Against Standardized Tests
http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/963815-129/inside-seattles-grassroots-...

Wyoming State Drops Smarter Balanced Consortium Tests, Seeks New Vendor
http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wyoming-cuts-ties-consortium-choosing...

International Thousands of Students and Parents "On Strike" Against Standardized Test
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3570641/Thousands-children-join-...

ACT/SAT Ripon College Goes Test Optional
http://www.ripon.edu/first-year-applicants/
ACT/SAT More Transparency Needed in College Admissions Tests
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0501-rosner-sat-transparency-...

Wealth, Race and Test Scores -- Strong Correlations
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/29/upshot/money-race-and-succ...

School Accountability Without Standardized Testing
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/school-accountabili...

Standardized Testing and Income Inequality
http://tuftsdaily.com/opinion/2016/04/27/editorial-giftedness-measure-af...

The Business of Standardized Testing
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rainesford-alexandra/the-business-of-stand...