Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 16-22, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of parents, students, educators and community leaders across the U.S. play important roles in the growing assessment reform movement.  This fall, FairTest will celebrate two national leaders in the struggle against high-stakes testing and for educational justice: Schott Foundation President John H. Jackson and Mass. Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni. You can help honor Barbara, John and the grassroots activists they work with by supporting our "Heroes in Education" event -- http://fairtest.org/fairtest-to-honor-jackson-and-madeloni

Florida School Board Member Considers State Accountability System a "Fraud"
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/gradebook-podcast-polk-county-school-board-member-billy-townsend-on/2333978

Georgia Multiple Choice Tests Are Unfair and Inaccurate
http://ksusentinel.com/2017/08/21/opinion-multiple-choice-tests-are-unfair-and-inaccurate/

Indiana State Test Not Worth the Costs
http://www.journalgazette.net/opinion/columns/20170818/for-various-reasons-istep-not-worth-cost

Iowa Political Competition for New Statewide Testing Contract
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/education/2017/08/18/university-iowa-not-among-vendors-pursuing-state-exam-contract/576522001/

Mississippi More Changes to School Rating System to Fix Flaws of Previous Revisions
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/mississippi/articles/2017-08-15/mississippi-again-moves-to-rejigger-school-rating-system

Missouri "Skinny" ESSA Plan Does Not Anticipate Additional School Interventions
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/education/missouri-approves-skinny-plan-to-improve-worst-performing-public-schools/article_adc7d15a-47a2-5419-80e9-93bec4cdc921.html

New Hampshire Performance Assessment Pilot Program Gaining Ground
http://www.concordmonitor.com/Going-into-its-fourth-year-how-s-NH-s-testing-experiment-going-11909004

New Mexico School Pays Students for High PARCC Test Scores
http://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/bloomfield/2017/08/21/students-reap-financial-reward-good-parcc-score/582002001/

New York Districts Question Fairness of Score-Based School Intervention List
http://www.uticaod.com/news/20170816/local-school-districts-work-to-get-off-state-list

Pennsylvania Why the Governor's Testing Cuts Are "Baby Steps"
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2017/08/pa-baby-steps-on-testing.html

South Carolina Test-Based Grade Retention Will Hurt Struggling Students
https://greenvillejournal.com/2017/08/16/read-succeed-poised-fail-students/

Texas Standardized Testing Is Killing Education
https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2017/aug/19/standardized-testing-is-killing-education/

Virginia When Educators "Game" Tests, Students Lose
https://pilotonline.com/news/local/columnist/kerry-dougherty/when-norfolk-educators-game-their-sol-tests-students-are-the/article_21de0e73-b4f8-5686-a865-77c889fcd21e.html

West Virginia Initial Proposals for New Test All Rejected as "Haphazard"
http://wvmetronews.com/2017/08/20/education-officials-review-second-round-of-statewide-test-proposals/

International Limitations of Standardized Tests for Students in India
http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/89YDYautCR4iyHTusnd3MN/Limitations-of-standardized-tests.html

University Admissions Why Niagara University Adopted an ACT/SAT Optional Policy
http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/nu-announces-new-test-optional-admissions-policy/article_99073ae8-63c1-50b1-bf50-2a66543c2c88.html

University Admissions Re-examining Our Approach to College Access
http://www.nebhe.org/thejournal/reexamining-our-approach-to-college-access/

Worth Reading Addicted to Reform: A 12-Step Program to Rescue Public Education, a new book by John Merrow
http://thenewpress.com/books/addicted-reform

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