Testing Resistance & Reform News: August 31 - September 6, 2016

With school doors opening across the country, there's a surge of stories critiquing the value of test scores and examining potential assessment reforms. If you have colleagues or friends who would benefit from receiving these weekly news clip summaries, please encourage them to sign up at:  http://fairtest.org/weekly-news-signup

Multiple States Computer Testing Errors Likely Disrupted Student Scores
https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/state-testing-disruptions-likely-produced-dips-and-gains-in-student-scores-study-says/

California State Must Move Ahead on New Approach to Education Accountability
https://edsource.org/2016/california-must-move-ahead-on-new-approach-to-school-accountability/568708

California Single-Number School Rankings Miss Key Factors
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/on_california/2016/08/single_number_school_rankings_miss_tasty_ingredients.html

Colorado Multiple Pathways for Obtaining a High School Diploma
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2016/08/colorado_expands_students_options_for_earning_high_school_diploma.html

Colorado Opt-Outs Take Toll on State Test
http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/articles/optout-option-takes-toll-on-tests

Connecticut SBAC Results Are Not Educationally Meaningful
http://jonathanpelto.com/2016/09/02/hey-malloy-whats-deal-new-common-core-sbac-test-results/

District of Columbia How DC Could Become National Model for Helping Schools Under Every Student Succeeds Act
http://www.citizenseffectiveschools.org/How%20DC%20Could%20Become%20National%20Model%20for%20Improving%20Low-achieving%20Schools_8.16.2016.pdf

District of Columbia Why You Should Not Take Test Scores Seriously
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/09/04/how-can-anyone-take-standardized-test-scores-seriously-when-stuff-like-this-happens/

Florida Time to Reconsider Test-Score-Based Teacher Bonus Program
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/time-to-reconsider-floridas-best-and-brightest-bonus-state-board-vice/2291724

Florida District Loses Testing Lawsuit; Punishes Students
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-hernando-school-district-loses-lawsuit-punishes-kids/2292085

Indiana District Cuts Time Devoted to Testing
http://www.heraldbulletin.com/community/acs-recaptures-instructional-time-by-reducing-time-spent-on-standardized/article_95bcd1d8-c68e-5fe7-a42a-6165acc479f7.html

Kansas "Maker Movement" Challenges Test-Heavy Curriculum
http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/national/article_709bb178-fbf5-5256-ba56-3850ae1abfd3.html

Kentucky Education Commissioner Touts New Approach to School Accountability
https://insiderlouisville.com/metro/kentuckys-education-commissioner-reflects-on-first-year/

Massachusetts A "Modest Proposal" to Test Private School Students
http://www.wbur.org/edify/2016/09/02/guest-commentary-a-modest-proposal-to-test-our-forgotten-students

Minnesota School Accountability System to Change Under ESSA
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/09/01/minnesota-school-test-scores

Mississippi Politically Manipulated Grading Scheme Guarantees Fixed Number of "Failing" Schools
http://www.msparentscampaign.org/component/content/article?id=1420

New Jersey PARCC Test Remains a Hot-Button Issue
https://njmonthly.com/articles/just-for-the-web/parcc-tests-hot-button-issue/

New Jersey Raising PARCC Stakes a Major Blunder
http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/editorials/2016/09/04/editorial-raising-parcc-stakes-major-blunder/89869712/

New Mexico Schools "Uneducate" Kids By Focusing on Testing
http://www.rrobserver.com/opinion/columns/article_4480341c-7164-11e6-964b-cbdbc8cf9e14.html

Ohio Teachers Say Tentative Contract Includes Less Student Testing
http://wksu.org/post/teachers-union-says-tentative-contract-includes-less-student-testing

Oklahoma Finland As a Model for Assessment Reform
http://www.newson6.com/story/32884709/educate-oklahoma-finland-part-1

Pennsylvania State Senator Plans to Sue Over Testing Requirements
https://gadflyonthewallblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/state-senator-get-ready-to-sue-the-pa-department-of-education-over-common-core-testing/

South Carolina Math Problem in Understanding Test Scores
http://www.postandcourier.com/20160902/160909917/letter-math-problem

Tennessee Nashville Polls Teachers About How to Change Testing
http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2016/09/01/nashville-schools-survey-eyes-testing-hope-guide-changes/89658686/

Texas Test Results Unused Due to Computerized Administration Problems
https://communityimpact.com/houston/sugar-land-missouri-city/education/2016/08/31/fort-bend-isd-experiences-staar-test-glitches-some-results-unused/

Virginia Standardized Tests Drive Curricula
http://www.roanoke.com/opinion/letters/phelps-standardized-tests-drive-cirricula/article_ddd1044f-7e58-5f1d-b7ff-4f1aa6df146d.html

Virginia Developing Authentic Measures for Student Academic Learning, Engagement and Success
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/education/city-of-richmond/article_69eb9c98-32cc-526b-b8fa-c4985f73c3e2.html

International Why Finland Continues to Reject U.S. School "Reforms"
http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/08/30/education-reform-common-core-finland-us-schools-column/89511246/

ACT/SAT What's Up with Test-Optional Admissions Policies?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/w-kent-barnds/whats-up-with-testoptiona_b_11329878.html

Worth Reading "Accountability:" Reclaiming the Worst Word in Education
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2016/08/29/accountability-reclaiming-the-worst-word-in-education.html

Worth Reading How to Think Like Shakespeare
http://www.chronicle.com/article/How-to-Think-Like-Shakespeare/237593