Testing Resistance & Reform News: December 27, 2017 - January 9, 2018I

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National Big Blows Struck Against Testing Overuse in 2018
http://neatoday.org/2018/01/04/educators-strike-big-blow-to-the-overuse-of-standardized-testing/

National States Can Apply for Innovative Assessment Pilot Under ESSA
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2018/01/trump_start_essa_innovative_tests.html

National Is the Smarter Balanced Test Broken?
https://www.realcleareducation.com/articles/2018/01/04/is_the_smarter_balanced_national_test_broken_110243.html

Alabama School Letter-Grading Law is a Failure
http://www.decaturdaily.com/opinion/editorials/letter-grade-law-a-failure/article_36496881-ff05-5e35-816f-9f59797a96ab.html

Florida Experts Say Swapping ACT/SAT for State High School Test is Flawed
http://www.wral.com/proposal-to-swap-tests-hits-obstacle/17237735/

Florida Legislation Would End Requirement to Rate Teachers on Student Test Scores
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/features/education/school-zone/os-teachers-merit-pay-florida-20180104-story.html

Georgia School Emphasizes Relationships Rather Than Test Scores
http://getschooled.blog.myajc.com/2018/01/01/what-if-schools-focu
sed-on-improving-relationships-rather-than-test-scores/
Georgia Students Pulled From Classes to Take Field Tests That Do Not Count
http://www.mdjonline.com/news/cobb-students-missing-class-for-state-tests/article_769469be-f1c4-11e7-b319-673aa9f835f0.html

Illinois Alternatives to High School Equivalency Test Planned
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/illinois/illinois-plans-to-offer-high-school-equivalency-alternatives/article_ff9191ba-4c99-5815-b502-deed356c6294.html

Indiana Teach Your Students, Not the Test
https://sbloom2.wordpress.com/2018/01/06/resolution-2-teach-your-students-not-the-test/

Louisiana Rethinking Test-Based Grade Retention
http://hechingerreport.org/held-back-not-helped/

Missouri Schools Spend Too Much Time, Money on Standardized Tests
http://www.stltoday.com/opinion/mailbag/schools-spend-too-much-time-money-on-standardized-tests/article_f726717e-d20a-56d7-b558-caa7203a65ea.html

New Hampshire State Must Review Smarter Balance Test Validity
https://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/open-letter-new-hampshire-education-commissioner-edelblut/

Ohio Fight Over Role of Test Scores in Teacher Ratings
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/01/test_scores_need_to_stay_in_te.html

Ohio Board May Suspend Test Score Graduation Requirement
http://www.timesreporter.com/news/20180108/high-school-graduation-requirements-could-be-softened-for-classes-of-2019-and-2020

Tennessee Widespread Criticism of State Testing System
https://www.greenevillesun.com/news/local_news/legislators-school-administrators-criticize-state-testing-requirements/article_298e6f41-d95c-5c0e-a337-736f73aa4269.html

Texas Districts Creating Locally Based Assessment Systems
http://keranews.org/post/north-texas-school-districts-tapped-state-create-local-accountability-systems

Virginia Standardized Testing Debate Escalates
http://wvtf.org/post/going-debate-over-standardized-testing-virginia

Virginia Educators Collaborate on Performance Assessment Design
http://www.dailyprogress.com/newsvirginian/news/education/area-educators-collaborate-on-testing/article_9cf2242c-f01e-11e7-b78b-a3696f358413.html

West Virginia Board Seeks Waiver of Early Childhood Testing Plan
https://www.wvnews.com/theet/news/school-boards-looks-to-approve-dates-to-begin-budgeting-waive/article_9932ae6f-d78b-599e-98d0-deb7422bb3a9.html

University Admissions Worcester Polytech Celebrates 10-Years of Test-Optional Policy Success
https://www.wpi.edu/news/wpi-marks-10-years-test-optional-status

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