Testing Resistance & Reform News: Dec 21 - 27, 2016

This is the final issue of "Testing Resistance & Reform News" for 2016. It's been a good year  -- a record number of colleges eliminated ACT/SAT admissions exam requirement, driving the total to more than 900, the number of states requiring graduation tests plunged to a multi-decade low, and grassroots assessment reformers grew more powerful

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California State Appeals Federal Ruling to Keep Administering Out-of-Date Science Exam
https://edsource.org/2016/california-seeks-hearing-on-science-testing-wi...

Colorado State Ed Board Looks to Decrease Testing Time
https://durangoherald.com/articles/124087-state-education-board-looks-to...

Connecticut Push to Delay Linking Teacher Evaluation to Student Test Scores
http://ctmirror.org/2016/12/22/another-push-to-delay-linking-teacher-eva...

Florida Third Graders Fear Test-Based Retention
http://www.local10.com/education/standardized-test-separates-twins-in-fe...
Florida High School Testing Reduced in Tampa
http://www.tampabay.com/news/education/k12/hillsborough-high-school-stud...

Indiana Superintendents Skeptical of State School Grading
http://www.timessentinel.com/news/local_news/superintendents-skeptical-o...
Indiana Why We Send Our Kids to a "D-Rated" School
http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2016/12/21/curtis-love-rated-schoo...

Kansas Time to Rein-In Over-Testing
http://www.gctelegram.com/opinion/columnists/it-s-time-to-rein-in-over-t...

Massachusetts Teachers Union Pushes Back Against Proposal for More Testing
http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/letters/ci_30672617/union-chief-bal...
Massachusetts Adding a History Exam Is Not the Answer
http://www.masslive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/12/mcas_test_for_history_...

Michigan Educators Call for Changes in Assessing English Language Learners
http://www.rapidgrowthmedia.com/features/122216-English-language-learner...

Missouri Test Scores Don't Accurately Measure Low-Income School's Progress
http://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/k12_education/low-income-inequali...

New York Teachers Will Not Face Punishment for Discussing Disclosed Test Items
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/State-ed-NYSUT-settle-suit-over-...
New York Revised NYC Teacher Evaluation Will De-Emphasize Student Test Scores
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/education/carmen-fari-unveils-update...

Tennessee New State School Accountability Plan Released
http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2016/12/20/tennessees-completed-school...

Texas Many Districts Rebuff "A to F" Test-Based School Grades
http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2016/12/20/texas-schools-rebuff-f-ratings/

West Virginia "Our Schools Are So Much Better Than a Letter Grade"
http://www.theet.com/prestoncountynews/news/school-leaders-complain-abou...

College Admissions Chinese Test-Prep Giant Helps Students Game the SAT
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-college-china-testing-exclusive-idUSKB...

Worth Reading No Test Left Behind: How Pearson Made a Killing on the U.S. Testing Craze
http://forums.talkingpointsmemo.com/t/no-test-left-behind-how-pearson-ma...
Worth Reading Why Do We Need National Standards (and Tests) in Music?
http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/12/why-do-we-need-national-standards-in-...