Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 25, 2019 - January 7, 2019

Welcome to the first weekly issue of FairTest's "Testing Resistance & Reform News" of 2020!  Our new year's resolution is to increase coverage of initiatives, trends and tools that help parents, students, educators, community leaders and policy makers replace standardized exam misuse and overuse with better forms of assessment.  Please send us links to articles and materials you think would be useful for allies by replying to this message.

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District of Columbia Mandatory Minimum Test Score Hurdle for Selective High Schools Eliminated
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/dc-is-right-to-remove-barriers-for-selective-schools-but-they-shouldnt-lower-the-bar/2019/12/27/57ba156e-17b2-11ea-a659-7d69641c6ff7_story.html

Florida Thousands of Teachers May Receive Money From Lawsuit Against Test-Based Bonuses
https://www.wftv.com/news/local/orange-county/thousands-florida-teachers-may-receive-money-class-action-lawsuit/KMXFGVNGXJGHROWXBRM6CF3Z3Q/
Florida Students Don't Need a Test to Turn Civic Education Into Lifelong Learning
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/opinion/20191229/editorial-florida-students-needs-more-than-test-to-turn-civics-education-into-lifelong-learning

Idaho Two Years In, Parents and Educators Still Confused by New Reading Screening Test
https://magicvalley.com/news/local/education/two-years-in-teachers-are-still-learning-about-idaho-s/article_b0040a20-be40-5e5d-bfb0-3a7d7ebe6d1f.html

Indiana "Federal Accountability Ratings" Issued by State Add to Testing Confusion
https://www.nwitimes.com/news/education/state-releases-federal-accountability-ratings-for-indiana-schools-here-s/article_23cfa4c9-0f02-538e-a766-51abe180f411.html
Indiana Bill Would Hold Schools Harmless From Punishment Based on New Test Scores
https://fox59.com/2020/01/03/state-lawmaker-looks-to-hold-schools-and-teachers-harmless-from-new-ilearn-test/

New York Battle Over Access to "Gifted" Education
https://www.economist.com/united-states/2020/01/05/a-battle-over-gifted-education-is-brewing-in-america

Ohio The Big Lies of School Accountability Did Not Close the Achievement Gap
https://www.tdn-net.com/opinion/columns/76685/lies-lies-and-more-lies
Ohio School Grading System Has Got to Go
https://www.toledoblade.com/opinion/editorials/2020/01/02/school-grade-cards-gotta-go-ohio-toledo-public-schools-report-card/stories/20191219152

Pennsylvania A Decade of Test-Driven Ed."Reform" Baloney
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-ground-level-ed-reform-decade.html

Tennessee Focus on Testing Diverts Funds From Real School Needs
https://www.wbir.com/article/news/education/tennessee-lawmakers-discuss-the-future-of-state-education-and-funding/51-4d315cac-e50e-4014-a5ff-1ceb49d2cf28

Vermont Moratorium on School Testing Needed
https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/don-keelan-can-there-be-a-moratorium-on-standardized-school-testing,593827

Utah No Grade on State's School Report Due to Testing Irregularities
https://www.deseret.com/utah/2019/12/30/21024730/utah-school-report-cards-letter-grades

University Admissions Revolutionary Thinking -- Many Colleges Let Applicants Out Out of ACT/SAT Exams
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2020/0106/Revolutionary-thinking-Colleges-let-students-opt-out-of-admissions-exams
University Admissions Many Graduate Programs No Longer Require GRE Scores
https://tucson.com/news/local/many-ua-graduate-programs-no-longer-require-gre-scores-from/article_a86a5bd1-19ff-5e40-910a-cdf8fd7e8b74.html
University Admissions Upcoming Changes to ACT will Only Accelerate Test Prep Arms Race
https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/views/2020/01/06/college-admissions-testing-becoming-more-arms-race-opinion

International Bangladesh When Exams Hurt Children
https://www.thedailystar.net/opinion/education-0/news/when-examinations-hurt-children-1849477
International Canada Why Foundational Skills Assessments Should Be Scrapped
http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/article_e5b310a2-30e2-11ea-90b1-3b617d55fef9.html
International Taiwan Fixation on Testing Must End
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2020/01/07/2003728823

Worth Reading Edspeak and Doubletalk: A Glossary to Decipher Hypocrisy and Save Public Schooling
http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-ed-reform-glossary-you-need.html

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