Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 23 - 29, 2015

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is supposed to be quiet.  Not this year for the assessment reform movement, as this collection of news stories, opinion columns, and social media postings makes clear.  Across the U.S., grassroots organizers are using this period to prepare for even more victories in 2016!

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National Assessment Reformers Push States to Adopt More Sensible Testing
http://www.districtadministration.com/article/outlook-schools-push-sensi...

Colorado Standardized Test Results Yield Nothing New
http://www.vaildaily.com/news/19591350-113/standardized-test-results-yie...

Connecticut Needed Teacher Evaluation System Overhaul Now Possible Under ESSA
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Wendy-Lecker-Teacher-evalua...
Connecticut Feds Claim Opt-Out Rates Too High in 148 Schools
http://ctmirror.org/2015/12/29/feds-say-too-few-students-took-required-t...

Florida How Much Time Do Students Really Spend on Testing?
http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-education/do-flo...

Georgia What the New Federal Education Law Means for Local Public Schools
http://www.macon.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article51704895.html
Georgia Test-Based "Merit Pay" for Teachers Does Not Work
http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/it-doesnt-work/nprJb/

Illinois Students and Schools Should Not Be Defined By a Single Test Score
http://www.mywebtimes.com/news/local/not-defined-by-single-test-score/ar...

Indiana Teachers Call for State Testing Pause
http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/2015/12/22/letter-teachers-...
Indiana Time to Find Better Assessment System
http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/local_story/Column-Time-to-find-system-...

Massachusetts Standardized Testing Is Not Educationally Meaningful
http://cambridge.wickedlocal.com/article/20151226/NEWS/151228241/?Start=1
Massachusetts Feds Threaten State with Fund Loss for Not Administering Same Test to All Students
https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/12/23/warns-mass-could-lose-aid-o...
Massachusetts What Do Test Score Increases Really Mean?
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/article/20151227/OPINION/151229691

Michigan Schools Celebrate More Local Control with New Federal Education Law
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/12/schools_under_m...

Montana Grading the Test: Glitchy Exams and Poor Funding
http://helenair.com/news/education/state/grading-the-test-how-glitchy-ex...
Montana Testing Cutback is "Christmas Present" for Juniors
http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/education/principals-on-testing-cu...

New Jersey As Students Opt Out of State Tests, Feds Threaten to Withhold Funds
http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/feds-detail-penalties-for-test...

New York Opt Out Leaders Promise to Grow Test Refusal Movement
http://dianeravitch.net/2015/12/26/momentary-lapse-will-ny-opt-outs-grow/
New York Shifts in Testing Policy May Help Schools in 2016
http://www.recordonline.com/article/20151227/NEWS/151229623
New York Twas the Night Before Christmas (for Assessment Reformers)
http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/2015/12/twas-night-before-chr...

North Dakota K-12 Standardized Testing Needs Reform
http://www.grandforksherald.com/opinion/letters/3911509-letter-k-12-stan...

Ohio Parents Should be Leery of New PARCC Test Results
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/12/27/score-drop-no-b...
Ohio Schools Prepare for Another Round of Testing Changes
http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20151228/northeast-ohio-schools-...

Pennsylvania Unless We Are Careful, ESSA May Leave Some Students Behind
http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2015/12/unless_were_careful_the_new_no.h...

Rhode Island Survey Shows Parents Want Less Standardized Testing
http://www.valleybreeze.com/2015-12-22/cumberland-lincoln-area/schools-s...

South Carolina Teachers Won't Be Judged on Students' End-of-Year Exam Under Proposed Revamp
http://thetandd.com/news/state-and-regional/teachers-won-t-be-judged-on-...
South Carolina Some Common Sense Comes to Teacher Evaluations
http://www.indexjournal.com/opinion/editorial/Common-sense-comes-to-SC-p...

Tennessee Reformers Try to Spin Test-Accountability System's Failures
http://www.livingindialogue.com/reformers-continue-to-spin-failed-accoun...

Texas Assistant Superintendent Guilty of Federal Charges for Encouraging, Covering Up Test Cheating
https://www.fbi.gov/houston/press-releases/2015/former-beaumont-isd-assi...

Vermont Educators Take Wait and See Approach to New Federal Education Law
http://mountaintimes.info/vermont-educators-take-wait-and-see-approach-t...

Virginia Is Testing Really the Answer to Educational Problems
http://norfolkdailynews.com/blogs/is-testing-really-the-answer/article_1...

West Virginia Big Testing Changes From Feds and State
http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20151227/state-federal-changes-leave-q...

ACT/SAT Many More Colleges Are Dropping Admissions Exam Requirements
http://news.heartland.org/newspaper-article/2015/12/29/colleges-are-drop...
List of 850+ Test-Optional or Test-Flexible Colleges and Universities
http://fairtest.org/university/optional

Gaslighting and Turnaround Schools
http://www.pegwithpen.com/2015/12/gaslighting-turnaround-schools.html

Exams Are "Disempowering Students" and Ignoring Their Abilities, International Experts Warn
https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/exams-are-disempoweri...