Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 22 - 28, 2018

The new academic year has not even begun in many parts of the country, but the testing wars have started heating up.  Assessment reformers are already posting victories in rolling back standardized exam misuse and overuse. Remember that you can sign up allies to receive these free weekly updates at: http://www.fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup.  Archived issues are online at: http://www.fairtest.org/news

National Assessment Reform Movement Is Alive, Well . . . and Winning!
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/08/22/students-are-still-taking-too-many-tests.html

California ACT/SAT May Replace Smarter Balanced as 11th Grade Test
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/08/26/renewed-push-to-offer-sat-and-act-as-californias-11th-grade-test/

Florida Governor Candidates Unite to Protest Student Testing at Campaign Rally
http://www.miamitimesonline.com/news/student-testing-under-fire-at-rally/article_c9d8151e-a61c-11e8-891a-0b328f998e14.html

Florida Great Opt-Out Tee Shirts
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156654448973436&set=pcb.10156654449033436&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Georgia County School System Wants to Replace State Test
https://wfxl.com/news/local/dcss-considering-replacing-georgia-milestones-with-new-test

Idaho Misuse of Test Data Does Not Help Improve Schools
https://www.idahoednews.org/voices/community/more-straight-answers-and-facts-less-acrimony/

Indiana Two Sets of State School Grades Confuse Parents and Educators
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2018/08/23/indiana-schools-getting-2-state-grades-too-confusing-for-parents-and-educators-experts-say/

Iowa State Developing New Tests After Federal Pressure
http://www.iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-students-take-new-standardized-tests-federal-funds-stake

Michigan Science Test Scores Will Be Withheld for Two Years
http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20180824/michigan-to-withhold-science-test-scores-for-two-years

New Mexico Standardized Exams Are Not True Measures of School Success
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/education/true-measures-of-the-success-of-schools/article_602be197-d8bd-5aca-88ef-67953a34f40c.html

New York Stakes Can Be Raised When Opting out of State Tests
https://www.informnny.com/news/local-news/the-stakes-could-be-raised-when-opting-out-of-new-york-state-testing/1385134327

New York Should Selective High School Admissions Exams Get a Failing Grade?
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/business/nyc-admissions-tests-shsat.html

North Carolina State Superintendent Wants Less Testing of Youngest Children
https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/education/state-superintendent-wants-less-testing-for-ncs-youngest-students/83-588094116

Pennsylvania Replace Grad Test Requirement with Multiple Pathways to Diploma
https://www.votervoice.net/PSBA/campaigns/60649/respond

Pennsylvania No One Ever Remembered a Teacher for Raising Standardized Test Scores
https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2018/08/25/no-one-ever-remembered-a-teacher-for-raising-standardized-test-scores/

Tennessee Governor Seeks Educator Input on How to Improve Testing
https://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/gov-haslam-seeks-school-teacher-impute-on-how-to-improve-tnready-testing/817601334

Tennessee Little Academic Progress at Schools Taken Over by State for Low Scores
https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2018/08/22/its-been-six-years-since-tennessee-took-over-its-first-low-performing-schools-how-are-they-doing/

Texas Superintendent Says Accountability Should Involve More Than a Single Letter Grade From State
https://www.chron.com/neighborhood/friendswood/news/article/Despite-A-Friendswood-ISD-citical-of-new-13177434.php

Texas Legislature and Education Agency Should Be Held Responsible for Education Problems
https://www.tribtalk.org/2018/08/24/state-officials-should-answer-for-the-quality-of-texas-public-schools/

University Admissions Was the August 25 SAT Compromised?
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2018/08/27/reports-circulate-saturdays-sat-included-questions-available-asia

University Admissions Another New Jersey Public University Goes Test-Optional
http://nj1015.com/another-nj-university-makes-sat-scores-optional/

University Admissions ACT Sued for Selling Disability Data to Colleges
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180807005834/en/Students-Disabilities-File-Class-Action-ACT-Test

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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