Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 12 - 18, 2018

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National Rollout of ESSA Report Cards Frustrates School Leaders
https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/12/12/rollout-of-essa-report-cards-frustrates-school.html

District of Columbia School Report Cards Don't Tell Full Story
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/dc/critics-say-look-beyond-star-rating-for-dc-schools/65-623051251

Florida Educators Asks School Board to Join Fight Against Teacher Licensing Test
https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/polk-county-teacher-asks-school-board-to-join-the-fight-against-state-teacher-test
Florida State-Mandated Early Childhood Testing Go Way Too Far in the Wrong Direction
https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2018/12/14/floridas-early-childhood-tests-go-too-far-in-the-wrong-direction/#41396cea3f91

Georgia State to Seek Federal Waiver From Annual Testing Requirement
https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-education/georgia-apply-for-federal-waiver-from-year-end-state-standardized-tests/DIhQ2LiY65Vf2FsMbavgNI/

Indiana State Looks to Ditch Dual School Rating Systems
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/in/2018/12/12/indiana-looks-to-ditch-two-a-f-grades-heres-how-the-feds-will-measure-schools-instead/

Louisiana Research Shows Test Stress Can Lower Students' Scores
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/12/13/stress-testing-research/

Montana Release of New School Report Card Delayed
https://ravallirepublic.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/article_10c6277f-5b03-5bd4-8924-4e4401089e2f.html

Ohio Options to Exit Exam Allowed Many Students to Graduate
https://www.the-review.com/news/20181211/thousands-of-ohio-high-school-seniors-graduate-thanks-to-looser-requirements/1

Oklahoma Concerns About Early Childhood Grade Retention
https://www.enidnews.com/news/state/oklahoma-near-top-in-holding-back-young-students/article_b0ab0c6f-4177-54ff-844a-4bb46b6946f0.html

South Carolina Teachers Lobby for Reduction of Testing and Other Reforms
https://www.wistv.com/2018/12/12/this-is-not-what-we-signed-up-sc-teachers-lobby-education-reform/

Tennessee Incessant Testing Is Factor Reducing Teacher Morale
https://www.jacksonsun.com/story/opinion/columnists/2018/12/14/column-jc-bowman-tennessee-teachers/2311499002/

Texas Controversial Test-Based Teacher Bonus Plan
https://www.wacotrib.com/news/city_of_waco/waco-isd-board-to-vote-on-teacher-bonus-pay-plan/article_1fb9df08-5d22-53b3-9567-9d485530c418.html

International Australia Time to End Fixation with Standardized Testing
https://www.smh.com.au/education/let-s-end-our-neo-liberal-school-testing-fixation-20181213-p50m3q.html

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