Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 28 - September 3, 2019

As evidence of the many failures of test-driven school "reform" continues to mount, more parents, educators, and community leaders are organizing effective campaigns to roll back standardized exam misuse and overuse. Use these models to build victories in your home state.  

National How Much Are U.S. Students Tested Compared to Those In Top-Performing Countries?
http://ncee.org/2019/08/testing-out/

Florida More Proof That Test-Driven Grade Retention Is a Failure
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/09/third-grade-reading-retention-does-not.html

Florida The "Cons" of Standardized Testing
https://patch.com/florida/southtampa/cons-standardized-testing

Georgia Cheating Scandal Documentary to Make Film Festival Debut
https://www.ajc.com/news/world/aps-cheating-scandal-documentary-make-atlanta-debut-bronzelens-film-fest/czUmzAesD5Pp7xzg0IZzpJ/
 

Indiana Why Parents Say $45 Million State Test is "Worthless"
https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2019/08/27/ilearn-indiana-standardized-test-exam-what-parents-educators-say/2134817001/
 
Indiana Lawmakers Want to Delay Penalties From New Test After Seeing Lower Scores
https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/state-gop-leaders-want-delay-on-ilearns-penalties

Indiana P.T. Barnum and School Assessments: Start Testing Politicians
http://thestatehousefile.com/commentary-p-t-barnum-school-testing/39860/

Kansas Standardized Tests Are Not Making the Grade
https://www.blhsnews.com/opinion/2019/08/30/standardized-tests-are-not-making-the-grade/

Maryland So Long to PARCC Testing
https://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/our-say/ac-ce-our-say-20190829-20190831-2cxqjemenbd77oclsldwlfrhji-story.html

Massachusetts Controversial Exam Question Hurt Scores of Some Black Students
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/08/30/controversial-mcas-question-hurt-scores-some-black-students-study-concludes/EmGOOQgiGVNpHvrp8W5ATK/story.html

Michigan More Than Half of Third Graders Face Test-Based Retention
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2019/08/29/michigan-third-graders-fail-reading/2086915001/

Minnesota "State of Our Students" Report Looks at More Than Test Results
https://www.nujournal.com/news/local-news/2019/08/30/state-issues-report-on-state-of-students/

Mississippi Educators Say Ending History Test Would Mean Less Stress
https://www.wdam.com/2019/08/30/educators-say-ending-history-test-would-mean-less-stress/

New York Panel Recommends End to Test-Based Gifted-and-Talented Programs, Selective High Schools
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/education/fight-over-gifted-education-new-york-escalating-national-debate-over-n1048516

New York Get Rid of Racist School Testing
https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-letter-august-29-20190829-vmi6mhykdvhazhgndzfarn6nty-story.html

Pennsylvania State Auditor General Wants to Get Rid of Standardized Testing Requirements
https://www.wpxi.com/news/back-to-school/pa-auditor-general-wants-to-get-rid-of-standardized-testing/979719304

Utah Listen to Educators to Improve Schools
https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2019/8/31/20838572/guest-opinion-take-time-to-listen-to-the-education-experts

International Canada Study Finds Requiring Standardized Tests for Teachers Does Not Improve Student Outcomes
https://www.sudbury.com/ontario-news/standardized-tests-for-teachers-dont-necessarily-improve-student-scores-report-1666265

International Finland Works to Further Improve Its Highly Acclaimed Schools
https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/08/30/what-finland-is-really-doing-improve-its-acclaimed-schools/

University Admission Rhode Island School of Design Goes Test Optional
https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190830/risd-to-drop-sat-act-as-admissions-requirements

University Admission Colorado Colleges Drops ACT/SAT Requirements
https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/standardized-tests-now-optional-for-admission-to-cc

Worth Reading Data Walls Demoralize Students
https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/newsletter-shepard-082919 

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
FairTest: National Center for Fair & Open Testing
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