Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 26 - September 1, 2020

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Here's this week's news highlighting key current controversies and resources:
 
 
National Will COVID-19 Lead to a Permanent Shift Away From Reliance on Standardized Exams?

https://www.educationdive.com/news/fast-forward-will-covid-19-trigger-shift-from-standardized-assessments/583907/

Georgia State Drops Four Tests From List of Requirements
https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/politics/state/story/2020/aug/29/georgida-rops-4-previously-required-high-school/531100/

Massachusetts Boston City Council Unanimously Adopts Resolution Calling for Suspension of State Tests
http://meetingrecords.cityofboston.gov/sirepub/view.aspx?cabinet=published_meetings&fileid=309261
Massachusetts Scoring Error on Admissions Tests Kept Dozens Out of Exam Schools
https://www.wbur.org/edify/2020/08/31/boston-exam-school-error

New Jersey State Continues Test-Based School Grades Despite Pandemic Disruption of Classes
https://patch.com/new-jersey/pointpleasant/every-nj-school-graded-2020-state-report-where-do-you-rank

New York Students Call City's Selective School Admissions Unfair, Suggest Alternatives
https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/students-nyc-public-admissions-process-flawed-what-do-instead

North Carolina Increased Problems with One-Size-Fits-All Student Assessments Under COVID
https://news.elearninginside.com/the-federal-government-and-cuts-to-education-with-ontario-wooden/

Pennsylvania The Case for Ignoring Public School Rankings
https://www.phillymag.com/news/2020/08/29/public-school-rankings-philadelphia/

South Carolina State Seeks Public Input on Second Year Federal Testing Waiver
https://www.foxcarolina.com/news/scde-seeking-public-input-on-federal-assessments/article_f96957ea-e849-11ea-b58e-cbe26eac980b.html

Tennessee Nashville School Board Calls on State to Suspend Standardized Exams
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2020/08/26/metro-nashville-school-board-calls-state-waive-tnready-testing/3439059001/

Texas What You Need to Know About State Testing
https://dianeravitch.net/2020/08/31/walter-stroup-what-texans-need-to-know-about-standardized-testing/

West Virginia Lawsuit Reveals Lobbying Drama Over State Testing Contract
https://www.weirtondailytimes.com/news/local-news/2020/08/lawsuit-reveals-standardized-test-drama-in-west-virginia/

University Admissions Finally University of Georgia System Waives ACT/SAT Requirements
https://www.ajc.com/education/get-schooled-blog/finally-university-system-of-georgia-waives-actsat-requirement-for-2021-applicants/TDL2DAOGSFE63HLQOQST7RPGRY/
University Admissions FairTest Master List of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities Tops 1,500 Schools
https://fairtest.org/university/optional

International Canada Teachers Urge Pandemic Suspension of Annual Exams
https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/coronavirus/teachers-urge-pandemic-pause-of-standard-grade-12-tests-572232832.html

Worth Reading Pandemic Show Us What Intelligence Really Is
https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/08/31/pandemic-has-proven-standardized-tests-dont-measure-whats-important-opinion

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