Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 18 -24, 2019

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Colorado More Testing  Means More Stress for Teenagers
https://www.cpr.org/2019/12/19/more-testing-means-more-stress-for-teens-and-theres-no-solution-in-sight/

Connecticut 110 Hours of Mandated Testing Demoralizes Students
https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/testing-over-teaching-tiffany-moyer-washington/

Florida Ending Reliance on Single Exam Helps Diversify Gifted-and-Talented Programs
https://www.heraldtribune.com/opinion/20191220/guest-editorial-where-to-start-in-move-toward-diverse-gifted-classrooms

Georgia Linking Bonuses to Exam Scores Hurts Teachers in High Poverty Schools
https://www.ajc.com/blog/get-schooled/does-gwinnett-bonus-plan-penalize-teachers-high-poverty-schools/DQz4XqQw61r5K4eypwu1cN/

Idaho Questions About Master-Based Learning Seem to Outpace Answers
https://dnews.com/opinion/mastery-basedquestions-seemto-outpace-theanswers-at-msd/article_3d0a1c91-22bc-513b-8f4c-44844a614dbb.html

Indiana Time to Hold Politicians, Not Teachers, Accountable for Educational Improvements
https://www.kokomotribune.com/opinion/columns/shane-phipps-hold-statehouse-to-account-on-education/article_8470ae76-2197-11ea-8b5f-6fe97de2b7df.html

Maryland Tests Block English Learners From Access to Selective High Schools
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/baltimore-students-learning-english-say-they-still-dont-have-a-fair-shot-at-the-citys-top-schools/2019/12/19/1651e362-205a-11ea-a153-dce4b94e4249_story.html

Massachusetts Celtics Basketball Star Criticizes Inequities of Test-Driven Education
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/celtics/2019/12/18/jaylen-brown-the-idea-america-that-some-people-have-win-and-some-people-have-lose-filtered-through-our-education-system/BtCwaQ1kYdRjNfspCdSNYP/story.html

Michigan How We'll Know That Students Are Learning if We Don't Test Them
https://www.eclectablog.com/2019/12/how-will-we-know-how-our-kids-are-doing-if-we-dont-test-them-heres-how.html

Ohio Legislative Committee Fails to Propose Plan to Overhaul Flawed School Grading System
http://www4.toledoblade.com/opinion/columnists/2019/12/20/ohio-committee-didnt-finish-assignment-on-school-letter-grades-education/stories/20191219033

Oregon Standardized Tests Get a Failing Grade
https://www.registerguard.com/opinion/20191222/guest-view-standardized-tests-get-failing-grade

University Admission Lawsuit Seeks to Promote Higher Education Diversity by Ending ACT/SAT Requirement
https://diverseeducation.com/article/162751/

Worth Reading Test-Based School "Reform" Undermines Academic Quality
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/american-students-aren-t-getting-smarter-test-based-reform-initiatives-ncna1103366

Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
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