Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 20 - 26, 2017

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National Major Rural Advocacy Group Calls for High-Stakes Testing Cutback
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/21/national-grange-calls-on-congress-to-reduce-high-stakes-standardized-testing/

Colorado Genuine Educational Accountability Involves More Than Test Results
http://www.dailycamera.com/guest-opinions/ci_31537679/mary-peraro-accountability-schools

Colorado Forum on Standardized Testing Opt-Out Movement
https://luxoraleader.com/cu-boulder-hosting-forum-on-standardized-testing-opt-out-movement/294927/

District of Columbia What Happens When Schools Focus on Numbers
http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article190028449.html

Florida State Is Poor Model for Nation
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/23/no-patricia-levesque-florida-is-not-a-model-for-the-nation/

Florida Tests Can't Be Only in English
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook/2017/12/21/florida-must-provide-tests-in-languages-other-than-english-federal-government-says/

Massachusetts High-Stakes Testing Fails to Fix Fundamental Education Problems
http://www.telegram.com/news/20171219/letter-with-failure-of-high-stakes-testing-fix-public-ed-model

Massachusetts If Education Justice is the Goal, State Is Not a Model for Equity
https://ctviewpoints.org/2017/12/19/if-education-justice-is-the-goal-dont-follow-massachusetts/

Michigan Test Scores Don't Make Schools Great
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2017/12/19/employees-make-great-schools/108761152/

Nebraska Test Scores Don't Tell the Whole Story
http://www.theindependent.com/opinion/editorial/standardized-test-scores-don-t-tell-the-whole-story/article_de81f412-e6a0-11e7-b6f5-5bc71eb8e2d3.html

New Jersey Grassroots Activists Look to Post-Christie New Jersey
https://networkforpubliceducation.org/2017/12/save-school-nj-cautiously-looks-forward-post-chris-christie-new-jersey

New Jersey What Do Tests Really Measure?
http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2017/12/what-are-tests-really-measuring-tale-of.html

North Dakota School Performance "Dashboard" Will Include More Than Test Scores
https://www.inforum.com/news/4378858-nd-school-performance-dashboard-getting-update

Ohio Bill Would Reduce Test Score Role in Teacher Evaluation
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/12/testing_would_have_a_smaller_r.html

Pennsylvania Test Scores Won't Accurately Measure Philadelphia Schools' Progress
https://dianeravitch.net/2017/12/21/david-berliner-offers-advice-to-the-citizens-of-philadelphia-about-their-public-schools/

Texas State Should Exempt Hurricane-Impacted Students From Testing Requirement
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Harvey-s-test-12445803.php

Texas The Testing Charade
https://www.tribtalk.org/2017/12/20/the-education-testing-charade/

Worth Reading Testing Isn't Everything: Two New Books Offer Insight
http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-books-biblioracle-1224-story.html

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